Volunteer To Career

Our Volunteer To Career (VTC) programme provides a direct route in to work in the healthcare sector. It’s ideal for people who are interested in a career in the NHS and would like to try out the role to see if it’s for them.

You will be part of a six-week programme volunteering on wards, providing additional support to assist with non-clinical activities on a specific ward.

This will give you the opportunity to apply for the Trust’s New to Care Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) vacancies once completed. As part of the programme you will also complete the National Volunteering Certificate which requires 60 hours of volunteering to achieve NHS England accredited certificate.

Come and join our amazing team as part of the Volunteer to Career programme. You will volunteer as a Ward Buddy to enhance the quality of patient care.

Ward Buddies offer comfort, support, compassion and friendliness, helping to create a social atmosphere. Also sitting and chatting with patients and engaging in agreed social activities. Reporting any concerns to the nurse in charge and acting as a link between patients and staff.

To get the most out of this programme we ask that you commit flexibly across 5 days a week. This will be Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9am – 1pm and 1pm – 5pm, or as agreed. A minimum of one 4-hour shift per week.

What you will be doing

  • Support with hydration and nutrition, including supporting patients with meal selection, filling water jugs, encouragement to eat and drink
  • Befriending and patient support, including activities, reading, conversation on a one-to-one and group basis
  • Supporting patient discharge from ward
  • Cleaning and restocking of bed areas
  • Further tasks and duties as identified by Ward Matron and staff team e.g. admin tasks

The skills you need

  • You do not need previous experience or qualifications to apply for this programme
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • A genuine interest in people
  • Proactive and assertive
  • Have a positive outlook and being non-judgemental
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Adaptable and willing to learn

The benefits to you

  • Meet new people
  • Be part of an amazing team
  • Gain new skills or use existing ones
  • Help your community
  • Guaranteed interview if you decide to apply to New to Care Health Care Support Worker vacancies
  • Further career development available

Volunteer To Career programme 2023

DWP will complete a skills assessment with you

  • Discuss VTC, HCSW role and further progression within the NHS
  • Supporting you to apply for a volunteering role on our online portal

Applicants can apply to VTC by

  1. Applying on our online portal
  2. Referred by DWP
  3. Identified via interview questions if applied for any other volunteering roles

Details passed to VTC Lead to have discussion about opportunities as HCSW and further progression interview for role to ensure suitability.

Volunteering, recruitment checks conducted by volunteering coordinators.

Confirmation of VTC Ward Buddy and ready to start.

Ward Buddy introduction on ward.

Volunteer supported via:

  • Mentoring
  • Ward support
  • Education team
  • Volunteering team
  • May be identified as needing to complete initial assessment for maths and English

If needed, maths and English will be completed via South Devon College functional skills.

Volunteer will complete:

  • National Volunteering Certificate
  • 60 hours of volunteering
  • Volunteer will take part in work experience day as a HCSW

VTC Lead to provide support to volunteer in applying for a HCSW vacancy.

Volunteer guaranteed interview for HCSW vacancy.

Successful applicants join New to Care pathway and complete:

  • HCSW induction
  • Care Certificate
  • Enrol onto the Level 2 HCSW apprenticeship

How to apply

If you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please email Jolanta Majewska or call her on 07342 711977.

Apply now for our Volunteer to Career programme and be a Ward Buddy Volunteer