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We are looking for Complementary Therapists to assist the Complementary Therapy team in providing Pamper Days for our supported and bereaved Mums. At Shooting Star Children’s Hospice’s we run a number of Pamper Days throughout the year. The aim of these events is to provide Mums with the opportunity to switch off from the stresses of life and relax, promoting a feeling of wellbeing, and to meet other Mums who are going through a similar experience.
This role is to be a part of these very special events providing treatments such as Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Manicures or Hand and Foot Massages. Complementary Therapist and Beauty Therapist Volunteers should have a desire to help people, to be able to put the clients at ease, have excellent listening and communication skill and show understanding and sensitivity. Respect of the client’s privacy is of utmost importance, and compliance with all the relevant SSCH polices, particularly that of Confidentiality and Boundaries. We ask all of our team to work within one’s own professional competencies and boundaries using the Guidelines for Practice for Complementary Therapists at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
Pamper Days will run during the week Monday – Thursday between the hours of 0900 -1600 and will be booked in advance for the academic year ahead.
Duties and key responsibilities of a Volunteer Complementary Therapist
- Renew membership of appropriate professional body annually
- To competently provide the therapy required for the family member
- To assist in providing holistic care as part of the multi-disciplinary team
- Be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of complementary and beauty therapies in supportive care.
- Be committed to develop skills and knowledge related to SSCH family needs
- Be aware of contra-indications and cautions to treatment in relation to the therapy they practice
- Respect confidentiality
- To assess the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the family member and to adapt treatments to ensure this.
- To ensure consultation forms are completed and consent signed at treatments
- To complete the required clinical documentation/data entry notes
- To provide feedback as appropriate and report any adverse effects immediately to the Complementary Therapy Coordinator, or in her absence, the Head of the Family Support Service.
- Attend planning meetings, update sessions and study days where necessary
- Full induction will be provided as well as supervision and support.
- Attendance at annual mandatory training is required
- Enhanced DBS checked – all Volunteer roles at our hospices require us to carry out a DBS check at the appropriate level – this is a simple online procedure
Essential Skills and Experience
- Hold a recognised qualification in the relevant therapy and full insurance
- A minimum two year’s post-qualification experience.
- Maintain skills with CPD in accordance with the professional body’s code of practice
- Someone who is committed, reliable and has a genuine desire to help people.
- Competent IT skills are also essential for this role as input of electronic database notes will be required.