Health Coach Volunteer
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
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The aim of the Healthy Coaching volunteer is to work one to one with patients who have long term conditions and who have been identified as having complex needs, and being ‘hard to help’. Volunteers will be matched with a patient, to work together to empower and support the patient to gain the skills necessary to be able to better manage their condition and wellbeing.
The Health Coaching Coordinator will work with the patients to identity behaviours or actions that the patient could be supported to change/ work towards to improve their health and wellbeing. Health coaching volunteers will then support the patients to undertake a range of activities to help them achieve these changes, such as supporting them with ‘healthy coaching conversations’ or practical support such as enabling someone to join a social or support group, or access services which promote healthy living.
Volunteers will visit the patients for approximately three hours a week, on a weekly basis for a maximum of three months with each patient.
A Healthy Coaching volunteer does not need any related qualifications for this role, but must be friendly, reliable, trustworthy, and have good communication skills. In addition they will be non-judgemental, sympathetic in nature and committed to equal opportunities.
Volunteers will get the benefit of attending informal social gatherings, for all Healthy Coaching volunteers, which will provide an opportunity to meet other like minded volunteers, share stories, and learn from those doing the same role as you. All reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Volunteers will be assigned to patients living in their homes across Norwich.
Please contact Joel Watkins via email or telephone call
A Healthy Coaching volunteer must have good communication skills and enjoy talking with people.
As this is a specialist role, volunteers will be provided with induction training before the role commences which provides training in:
• Volunteer Boundaries
• Confidentiality and Privacy
• Manual Handling
• Infection Control
• Safeguarding Adults
• Communication Skills
• Patient Safety
Further strength based training will be given so volunteers will feel confident in their role. This is a great opportunity for somebody looking for a career in health care or for somebody who wants to support someone in the local area.
Volunteers will also be invited to attend informal social gatherings for all Health Coaching volunteers, providing an opportunity to meet other volunteers, share stories, and make friends.
This role is offering a chance to empower and support patients living with long term conditions, which whilst challenging, will also bring a sense of reward and purpose to the role.
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