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New Plans To Cut Bed Blocking

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2:45pm 13th November 2014

Volunteers are going to be used to try and cut bed blocking at Cornwall's biggest hospital.

It as the Royal Cornwall gets ready to deal with winter pressures.

Bosses say between 40 to 50 people can be waiting to be discharged at any one time.

Now those who need follow up care will get it from Volunteer Cornwall.

Locals will help them so they can be allowed home.

Ian Jones is Chief Executive of Volunteer Cornwall, he said: "In my opinion we as citizens of Cornwall should help each other, with diminishing resources we have to spend those resources where they are needed in acute interventions into people's health and wellbeing, and if we can generate more volunteers in communities to help each other then that will benefit everyone.

"Too often when the health service intervenes in someone's life they just intervene in a condition or a problem, we talk to people and we find out they might not have any family around, they don't have any social contacts, we find out what they are interested in and try to get them back involved in community life."

The volunteering role includes:

Main Duties:

To visit an older or vulnerable person in their own home after discharge from hospital to undertake an initial check and refer on appropriately (where required).

Specific responsibilities:

1. Tasks vary according to individual need but may include: ?Undertake timely visits to the person in their home
2. Identify individual needs and potential risks
3. Complete a basic checklist and return to Volunteer Cornwall
4. Prioritise needs and risks then refer on appropriately

Personal qualities most suited to this role:

1. Good communication skills essential
2. Understanding of confidentiality
3. Understanding of and empathy with the needs of older people
4. Patience and sensitivity
5. Reliability
6. Requirement to undertake induction training, work to guidelines and policies on Health & Safety, confidentiality, equal opportunities etc.

How much time is involved:

Flexible as agreed with Welcome Home Volunteer Co-ordinator. We will probably ask you to do an average of 1 visit per month.  You can stop volunteering at any time but please do let us know as soon as possible.

Expenses and Insurance:

We will cover agreed out-of-pocket expenses for volunteers (eg travel costs).  We will also insure you for the time you are volunteering with us.

You can find out more here

2:45pm 13th November 2014

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