Volunteers in General Practice

Volunteering England have provided the following information:

Volunteers in your organisation can help achieve some of the following objectives, complementing the work of paid staff.

Helping improve patients’ safety

Volunteers at Aintree Hospital NHS Trust support the Infection Control team by:

  • Conducting research into staff attitudes towards infection control that helped the Infection Control team review how they approached staff
  • Replenishing leaflets and posters around the hospital to support the ‘Wash Your Hands’ campaign

Emergency responder volunteers all over the country are trained to use defibrillators and can respond to emergencies in shopping centres, railway stations, at sporting events and in rural communities, before the paramedics can get there.

Helping provide effective care

Volunteers in Surrey run a current affairs discussion group for patients recovering from strokes in the neurological rehabilitation unit. 

Volunteers hold the hand of patients undergoing cataract surgery under local anaesthetic, enabling the patient to communicate with the clinical team during the operation. Surgeons say that these patients are noticeably more relaxed, making the operation quicker and simpler.

Helping tackle health inequality

Patient transport schemes in rural areas enable individuals without cars to attend out patient appointments, or visit relatives in hospital – delivered by volunteers.

Many podiatrists work with volunteers who will provide initial foot care for elderly people who are no longer able to cut their toenails. This helps the individuals to stay ambulant and the volunteers are trained to identify and refer anything that needs professional attention.

Helping provide personalised services

Volunteer ‘dining companions’ can encourage elderly patients to eat whilst they’re in hospital, supporting their general recovery

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Practice Manager / Practice Business Manager - Hersham, Surrey

Closing Date: 20 October 2019

Salary: According to experience

Practice Manager - Newquay, Cornwall

Closing Date: 4 October 2019

Salary: Negotiable, dependant on qualifications, skills and previous experience

Operations Manager - Amesbury, Wiltshire

Closing Date: 24 September 2019

Salary: Dependent on Experience

Practice Manager (Part-time) - Harrow

Closing Date: 11 October 2019

Salary: £26,000 (pro rata)

Business Manager - Torquay, Devon

Closing Date: 6 October 2019

Salary: Circa £50,000

Practice Manager - Woolpit, Suffolk

Closing Date: 26 September 2019

Salary: £55,000 p/a

Practice Manager - Nottinghamshire

Closing Date: 30 September 2019

Salary: Circa £36k to £45k

Practice Manager - London, EN1

Closing Date: 30 September 2019

Salary: Dependant on skills and experience

Practice Manager / Practice Business Manager - Hersham, Surrey

Closing Date: 20 October 2019

Salary: According to experience

Practice Manager - Newquay, Cornwall

Closing Date: 4 October 2019

Salary: Negotiable, dependant on qualifications, skills and previous experience

Operations Manager - Amesbury, Wiltshire

Closing Date: 24 September 2019

Salary: Dependent on Experience

Practice Manager - Woolpit, Suffolk

Closing Date: 26 September 2019

Salary: £55,000 p/a

Practice Manager - Nottinghamshire

Closing Date: 30 September 2019

Salary: Circa £36k to £45k

Practice Manager - London, EN1

Closing Date: 30 September 2019

Salary: Dependant on skills and experience

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