31 - Awareness-raising volunteers
When We Need You
From 19/10/2011 onwards
You would be a member of a group of 6-8 people. Tasks may include: 1. Actively identifying awareness raising opportunities and advising the Patient Involvement Officer at SIGN of these. 2. Helping SIGN to exhibit at events, giving talks to patient groups 3. Contacting local groups and clubs to encourage them to host awareness talks to help raise awareness of SIGN’s work (for example, Community Health Partnerships, community and user groups) 4. Identifying groups to distribute guidelines, patient booklets and information leaflets to and help them distribute to relevant groups they are involved with. 5. Contributing to advertising materials such as leaflets and posters. 6. Highlighting patient issues of concern which arise from awareness raising activities. You may also be asked to support lay representatives on guideline development groups.
SIGN writes clinical guidelines for all NHS staff – including doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists – and also for patients. SIGN guidelines give advice on the best treatments that are available. We write them by working with NHS staff as well as with patients, carers and members of the public. The guidelines are based on the most up-to-date medical research evidence.
Patients, carers and members of the public play an important role in our work. Involving patients and carers in the development of our guidelines allows their views and their experiences to complement the evidence and the knowledge and experience of healthcare professionals. SIGN has begun to produce patient information booklets which are based on our clinical guidelines. These booklets explain the recommendations in the clinical guideline; and help to make patients aware of the tests and treatments they should expect to receive from the NHS. We want to make sure that patients
Skills & Experience
No specific skills or knowledge as you will be fully trained to carry out this role. It will however help if you have some of the following:Enthusiasm; Time to commit to the work of the group; Good communication and team-working skills
Volunteers have the option to select which area in Scotland they would prefer to volunteer in. Areas are broken down by healthboard area. They would be required to promote SIGN by attending events to exhibit our material or to give a talk to a patient support group for example.
Application Form, Other
Training and Induction Details
Full-day induction and training day to equip volunteers with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out this role. E-mail and telephone support from Patient Involvement Officer. Informal get-together at least once a year.
Advice / Information giving
Costs of travel to and from meetings Parking charges Child care
No Wheelchair Access
No Disabled Toilet
Frequency & Commitment
Able to commit to at least 2 awareness-raising activities per year and a few hours per month.
No minimum age has been specified for this opportunity
Opportunity Provided By
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliott House, 8-10 Hillside Crescent
Contact: Sian McCarthy
Tel: 0131 623 4740