At Cambridge University Hospitals we work with a number of partner organisations including those below to support patient wellbeing:
Organisations working with us
We provide a wide range of vital services and support to older people across the county. Our mission is to promote the well-being of all older people and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Much of our work would not be possible without the incredible support we are given by our volunteers. Volunteers help us in a variety of roles and particularly in relation to volunteer visiting/befriending, helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Helpline for all enquiries Tel: 0300 666 9860
Contact address: 2 Victoria Street, Chatteris, Cambs. PE16 6AP
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Patient and Public Involvement in Research (PPI)
At Cambridge University Hospitals we aim to involve our patients and the public in every aspect of our research activity. Thousands of patients and volunteers take part every year in clinical trials and research studies as research participants. Many people volunteer
Are you interested in health research? Would you like to help us improve our research studies?
Members of the public and patients offer our researchers valuable new perspectives. When health researchers and people who aren’t scientists talk together, the design and course of a research study can be improved. This has many potential benefits for research participants and patients.
To find out more about the opportunities available please contact Anna Ellis, Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 254620
With the help of many generous supporters, we provide additional funds so that your local hospitals can offer the very best care day after day, year after year. Volunteers make a huge contribution to ACT by giving their valuable time to help inspire and enthuse the community to fundraise for the hospitals.
ACT, Box 126, Addenbrooke’s Hospital,
Hills Road, Cambridge
Tel: 01223 217757
• Might you have/develop the gifts to discern and encourage people in their spiritual journey(s)?
• Would you like to find out more about Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care at CUH?
The CUH Chaplaincy Department has a large and well-established team of volunteers.
There are two ways of being involved as a lay Chaplaincy Volunteer:
1. As a Chaplaincy Ward Volunteer: ‘adopting’ a ward and visiting patients on a regular (usually one 2-3hr session per week) basis.
2. As a Chaplaincy Sunday Volunteer: taking Holy Communion to &/or praying with patients who have asked for a bedside visit on Sunday mornings (approximately 9am-1pm).
And/or: collecting patients in wheelchairs (by request) so they can attend the 11am Service in Chapel. Volunteers usually commit to doing this on a regular Sunday (e.g. first) each month (as possible).
For further details and registration forms please contact:
The Chaplaincy Administrator, Box 105,
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ.
Tel: 01223 217769
In doing so we provide companionship and light relief to patients by providing a unique free radio service that encourages patient participation and is run with the needs and taste of patients in mind.
Radio Addenbrooke’s is run by 30+ volunteers, age range 16 to 80+ years who gain great satisfaction from meeting patients and playing their music requests.
Would you like to join us?
How to apply: www.radioaddenbrookes.co.uk
More specifically, volunteers are fundamental to improving the patient experience in the Cancer Directorate at Addenbrooke’s. Our vision for volunteering is:
• To improve the overall patient experience and outcomes
• To provide volunteers with a positive volunteering experience through role development, appropriate training, support and supervision
• To provide more effective support to the clinical team, working together to improve the quality of care
For further information:
MCISS Tel: 01223 274801
Office Tel: 01223 274421
A stay in hospital can be frightening for a child but the Giggle Doctor visits help to improve the well-being of these young patients, reducing distress and anxiety, increasing opportunities for play and generally improving their experience of hospital. Two Giggle Doctors visit Addenbrookes each week and during each four hour visit, Dr Fab, Dr Pop-a-long and the other Giggle Doctors will tailor each interaction to the child, whether it’s a joke, a song or simply companionship. It is not always about laughter, sometimes the focus of the visit might be on music, magic or storytelling. The children are not just spectators but participants in the experience.
Our Giggle Doctor have all completed our extensive training programme including modules on child development, infection control, the impact of illness on families, and how to adapt artistic skills to the hospital environment. The Giggle Doctors are also trained in ‘intensive interaction’, a technique which has been shown to improve communication skills of disabled children who have severe communication difficulties. Giggle Doctors always get permission from the child before approaching them. At present the Giggle Doctors bring magical moments to 30,000 children each year at 20 hospitals, 3 hospices and 2 specialist care centres across England.
Located in the grounds of Addenbrooke’s hospital our centre is a warm and welcoming place with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need to find their way through cancer. Maggie’s Wallace is place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional and psychological support; a place to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea. More details of our programme and activities can be found on our website, or telephone the centre if you would like to speak to one of our cancer support specialists.
We work across Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough, providing a wide range of services including information and advice, training, therapies, gym sessions, social opportunities, and volunteering. We deliver these services through countywide outreach support mainly in people’s homes, our Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordination service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and via specialist slow-stream rehabilitation at our hubs in Cambridge and Peterborough, offering various workshops in lifeskills and activities. Headway Cambridgeshire. For more information, please contact:
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