Improving the emotional wellbeing of older people in hospital
The Engage Programme is run by the Department of Clinical Psychology at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and is designed to support the psychological needs of older adults in hospital who often find the transition from home to hospital difficult. This may lead to problems such as anxiety and depression.
Engage uses specially trained psychology volunteers to help support the emotional wellbeing of patients during their stay in hospital.
Engage would like to recruit more volunteers to work in the programme.
Volunteers should either have an interest in psychology OR an interest in working with older adults and should be able to commit to a minimum of three hours a week for at least six months and be able to attend regular training and clinical supervision sessions.
Our volunteers receive training to work one-to-one with older adults in hospital. Their role is to listen and be a compassionate companion for older people.
Other NHS Trusts can become members of the Engage Programme to provide its benefits to their own patients.
Members can access training resources (below) and other support from the Engage team at Salisbury.
We have a pilot scheme running at Port Talbot Hospital and would like to hear from other NHS Trusts who might be interested.
The Engage Programme is funded by the Stars Appeal, Salisbury District Hospital's charity. Find out more at www.starsappeal.org.
We were recently honoured to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016, in recognition of our outstanding contribution to supporting older patients in hospital.