Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Volunteer

Our Research Team is looking for volunteers with a personal interest in local services supporting end of life and palliative care, to join their Patient and Public Involvement Group. As a member of the PPI group you would be involved in shaping future research at the Hospice by taking part in any of the following: identifying or prioritising research topics; being part of research advisory groups and steering groups; helping to make sure any written documents are easy to understand; and helping to share the results of research. As our North East community is diverse, we’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds, walks of life and ages to join our PPI group. Please apply through our website:

About St Oswalds

St Oswald's provides specialist care for local adults, young people and children.

We are situated in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and our purpose-built facilities offer a range of flexible services to North East families.

Within our adult service, we offer a day hospice, lymphoedema service, an inpatient unit, complementary therapy service, consultant outpatient clinic and an outreach service.

Adults with life limiting conditions are referred to us for pain and symptom management and end of life care. We care for patients with Cancer, as well as those with end stage neurological, cardiac and respiratory conditions.

Within our Children's Service, we offer specialist short breaks to children with life limiting conditions and their families. Children from 0 - 18 can benefit from our care at St Oswald's. Within the last few months, we've also begun developing a pilot service for young adults, aged 18-25, to enable us to continue to support children in our care who are reaching adulthood and perhaps those who have already left the service

Our multi-disciplinary team at St Oswald's includes doctors, nurses, physios, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplain support and complementary therapists.

We are a registered charity. Our annual running costs amount to £8.5 million of which £6.5 million must be raised through voluntary giving.

We make no charge for any of our services, ensuring hospice care is available to everyone.

To provide 24-hour care, 7 days a week Inpatient services supported by a team of skilled and appropriately trained staff and volunteers.

To provide holistic, multi-disciplinary care which meets physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.

To provide end of life care for patients and to offer immediate bereavement support to relatives and carers.

To enable the safe discharge of patients to their own homes, once their inpatient stay is completed or safe transition to another health care provider.

What skills do I need?

• Ability to respect confidentiality • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as being able to work independently and flexibly • An understanding of the Hospice’s services • Knowledge of the palliative or end of life care and/or health services more generally, by experience

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St Oswalds

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  • DBS check required
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  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 01/09/2021

End Date: 01/09/2023

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Availability Details

1-2 hours per week (flexible), days and times negotiable.


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.