Volunteer Therapist

Purpose of this Volunteer Role

To work under the guidance of the Day Hospice Lead who manage the Day Hospice

To carry out therapies which promote relaxation and well-being, relive stress and anxiety, and assist with symptoms such as nausea, sleeplessness, pain and breathlessness

Task Description


    • To have relevant qualifications and provide evidence of those qualifications to Day Hospice managers and HR


    • To be covered by Willow Burn Hospice insurance which is ONLY VALID WHEN PRACTISING THERAPIES ON BEHALF OF WILLOW BURN HOSPICE. This DOES NOT replace individuals’ own personal insurance


    • To receive induction training to inform volunteer of the services Willow Burn provides and the types of conditions likely to be encountered


    • To be encouraged to undertake basic listening skills training


    • Before commencing treatment, check relevant written medical information and ascertain:


    • Site of tumour


    • Presence and site of secondary tumours


    • Previous and present medical treatments


    • Current presence of symptoms, particularly pain or discomfort


    • Allergies


    • Other medical conditions e.g. heart conditions, diabetes, epilepsy,, deep vein thrombosis


    • NB Patients with unstable angina or very high blood pressure may NOT be suitable for treatment


    • Offer patients a hand or foot massage on their initial visit or if their initial assessment has not been completed


Person Specification for Volunteer Therapist


    • Good communication skills


    • Team player


    • Ability to carry out tasks to specific standards


    • Ability to deal with distressing situations


    • Sympathetic and understanding approach


    • Strong interpersonal skills


    • Tact & diplomacy in dealing with a variety of situations


    • Self-aware and able to use initiative


    • Caring and compassionate approach


    • Good understanding of equality and diversity


Volunteer Therapist


  • Your information

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