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Tuesday 16 July 2019
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Renal Dialysis

Renal Support Volunteers

Dialysis is a process of removing waste and excess water from the blood and is primarily used to treat people with kidney disorders. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust operates dialysis units in Wigan, Salford, Bolton and Rochdale and is currently looking to recruit volunteers for a number of roles in all of them.


So why do we want volunteers at the units? Dialysis is boring! This is a common complaint from people who have to have this life saving treatment for 4 hours, three times a week. The Trust believes that having volunteers working on the units who aim to interact with patients, spend time with them and engage in activities will help to ease the boredom and may even provide an opportunity for patients to learn new things.


They are looking for enthusiastic, caring, friendly people with a can-do attitude and able to take their own initiative. Volunteers need to be reliable to time commitments with shifts of 2-3 hours per week. There are a number of roles available; including a Hair & Beauty and Complimentary Therapy based roles where the Trust is looking for people with specific skills to help provide therapies to its patients. Volunteers will be supported by staff from a variety of backgrounds and for those seeking future work in the healthcare sector there will be support for your professional development.


People considering a role in health and social care are welcome but often do shorter placements therefore volunteers likely to develop a longer term placement are particularly encouraged including senior retirees.


Role descriptions for the three roles we are recruiting to are below and if you are interested in applying then email janet.hegarty@srft.nhs.uk or call 0161 206 5710.