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UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre Volunteer Role
UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre Volunteer Role Description
Role Title: UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre Complementary Therapist Volunteer
Responsible to: Jayne Doyle, Senior Complementary Therapist
Times: Monday pm
Closing date: 28th November 2014
Interview date: Morning of 9th December 2014
Complementary therapies can make a significant difference to the wellbeing of cancer patients and their carers. They can help reduce stress and anxiety, enable people to cope better with illness and pain control and relieve some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments.
At the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre we offer a range of therapies to support conventional cancer treatment. These are currently aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, relaxation and reiki. The service is available to all cancer patients and their carers.
What activities will/could I be involved in?
• Providing massage, aromatherapy, reflexology or reiki to people living with cancer
• Giving patients and carers information about the therapies on offer
What ongoing support/guidance will there be?
• A full induction and an initial 3 monthly and 6 monthly review with the senior complementary therapist
• Support from the complementary therapy team
• The opportunity for debriefs/emotional support and for volunteer peer support and regular get-togethers
• Access to cancer-related learning resources, ad hoc training opportunities and Macmillan Learnzone for (optional) ongoing learning and development
What skills and abilities will I need to have?
• To have studied and qualified in aromatherapy, massage, reflexology or reiki at a recognised college/school (ITEC equivalent) and have been practicing your therapies for at least a year. To have a qualification and practical experience in two or more of the above therapies is essential.
• Registration with CNHC is desirable.
• Have your own insurance
• Strong communication skills
• Experience of delivering therapies in a health care setting – or at least an understanding of what this entails and a willingness to learn about therapies and cancer patients
• Basic cancer awareness (training will provided)
• Adaptability: the ability to be able to adapt your therapy to a patients needs and potentially to provide it in different settings (although for the most part it will be in a therapy room)
• Self-sufficiency: the ability to operate with a low level of supervision
• Willingness to commit to role-related induction and training and to adhere to Cancer Centre policy, the Data Protection Act, health and safety regulations, Infection Control policy and to maintain patient confidentiality
• You must be over 18 to do this role and have the right to work in the UK
• Volunteering can be emotionally demanding so if you yourself are currently or have recently been coping with a cancer diagnosis (within the last two years) either as a patient, carer or family member, or have been bereaved this may not be the best time for you to volunteer in a patient facing role. However, we do hope you will consider volunteering with us in the future.
Where will I be based?
You will be based in the Macmillan Support and Information Service on the ground and lower ground floor of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, Huntley Street London WC1E 6DH
How will I benefit from this role?
People volunteer for all sorts of reasons but the benefits of this role include:
• Using your skills to transform the experience of cancer patients and their carers
• Gaining experience which will help you practice in a healthcare setting in future
• Gaining hands on experience in working with cancer patients
• Meeting and working with an inspiring team
• Using your skills and learning to help shape the future of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre volunteering service
Will my expenses be paid?
• We offer to pay volunteers’ “out-of-pocket” expenses within agreed guidelines (guidelines and expenses form provided). All materials will be provided e.g. essential oils for aromatherapy
• We will provide all linens, oils and a polo shirt to wear whilst you are volunteering.
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Date prepared: November 2014