6th August 2020 | Vacancies

Role: Volunteer Complementary Therapist

Location: Macmillan Cancer Information and Support  Centre (Chelsea and Westminster NHS FDN Trust)

Complementary therapies can make a significant difference to the well-being 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 treatment. We are currently recruiting a team of volunteers to help us provide complementary therapies and would love to hear from you. Applicants will need to be fully qualified with client experience and insurance.

Responsible to: Alison Boyd - Information & Support Centre Manager 

The Centre: The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre (open since April 2019) aims to provide information and emotional support in a friendly, comfortable non-clinical environment, also offering complementary therapies and a counselling service. The centre works in partnership with all of our cancer and palliative care MDT’s.

Complementary Therapy Volunteers will:

  • provide complementary therapy treatment (such as massage, aromatherapy, or reflexology) to people living with cancer. Either in the centre therapy room, or on the inpatient wards.
  • deliver sessions as per your specialism
  • sign post clients to information about other therapies available at the centre
  • keep client records up to date as required
  • attend team meetings as required.

What the role provides for you:

  • the opportunity to work with a dedicated team helping people affected by cancer at our hospital - both inpatients and outpatients
  • use your skills to improve the wellbeing and experience of cancer patients and their carers
  • gain experience of working with cancer patients
  • we will provide all materials such as aromatherapy oils, linens and any other materials needed whilst volunteering at the trust 
  • funding for your professional registration and insurance.

Induction and training:

  • You will receive a full induction to the centre when you start.
  • You will have access to cancer-related learning resources.
  • You will be required to attend the Trusts Mandatory Training.

Essential skills and qualifications:

  • a relevant complementary therapy professional qualification.
  • registered with a recognised and approved professional body
  • have your own insurance (there is funding available for this)
  • relevant experience delivering your therapy in a professional capacity
  • strong communication skills and  interpersonal skills
  •  the ability to adapt your therapy to a client’s needs 
  • the ability to operate with a low level of supervision
  • basic cancer awareness (training can be provided).

In addition, we require volunteer therapists to:

  • maintain confidentiality at all times
  • provide evidence of relevant training, qualifications and insurance
  •  demonstrate a sound understanding of complementary therapies, in particular the therapy which they are qualified to practice.
  • be aware of their professional boundaries
  • make a regular commitment of a minimum of 4 hours a month a week
  • commit to work as part of a team 
  • refer complex issues to the Centre Manager or appropriate member of staff when necessary
  • commit to develop skills and knowledge related to the supportive care of people affected by cancer
  • commit to the policies, procedures and systems of the Trust and centre at all times
  • attend the Trust’s mandatory training 
  • be DBS checked pre commencement of starting in a volunteer role
  • provide two references.

How to apply:
Email Alison.boyd@chelwest.nhs.uk or call 0203 315 2386 to obtain an application form.

Closing date: 30 September 2020