Dining Companion Volunteer


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Kingston Hospital
23/10/2017 23:59

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a district general hospital based approximately 12 miles from central London. the hospital is situated in a beautiful and historic part of the country and lies very close to Richmond Park, Hampton Court Palace and Kempton Park. The hospital supports around 350,000 people in the surrounding area from the boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, Roehampton, Putney, Merton and East Elmbridge.

We have approximately 520 beds and directly employ around 2,700 staff, with another 300 staff employed by contractors but working on behalf of the Trust. We are located on a single site in Kingston upon Thames, but run a number of outpatient clinics in sites across our catchment area including Raynes Park Health Centre, Surbiton Centre for Health, Queen Mary's Roehampton and Teddington Memorial Hospital.

We provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services and have a national reputation for innovative developments in healthcare, particularly in 'patient-focused' care, day surgery and maternity services.

For more information on working for us please visit our microsite at



Dining Companion Volunteers support staff and patients during mealtimes. As a Dining Companion, you will be assisting ward staff and patients during lunch and evening meals, which includes: delivering meal trays to patients, offering companionship and encouragement to patients, spotting ways to make mealtimes easier for patients, liaising with staff and feeding some patients who need extra help.

To support this, we ask volunteers to commit to one mealtime every week on a regular basis, for a minimum of six months or 30 hours. If you can give more time, we welcome this.

Lunchtime – 12.15 – 13.10
Dinner – 17.15 – 18.30

You do not need previous experience, we just need your enthusiasm, patience and reliability.

Please only apply if you are able to attend an assesment on Tuesday 31st October 2017 and Induction and Training Programme on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

PLEASE NOTE – If you are shortlisted for this post you will be contacted by the Volunteer Services Team via e-mail. Please ensure therefore that you check your e-mail account regularly.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kathryn Marsh 0208 934 3620

If you have problems applying, contact

0208 934 2549
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