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Updated 8 August 2022

Are you a highly motivated individual with time to spare and looking for an opportunity to bring your skills and experience to support your local hospital in Dorset in a voluntary capacity? If you are, then we have two exciting opportunities to join our new Patient Safety Partner team at Dorset County Hospital.

The Patient Safety Partner (PSP) role is a new voluntary role, which has been developed by NHS England as part of the National Patient Safety Strategy to help improve patient safety across NHS healthcare in the UK.

We are looking to recruit two PSP volunteers who will work in partnership with staff to influence and improve the governance and leadership of safety within the Trust and shape future roles and opportunities for Patient Safety Partners. This will be a great opportunity to help develop the PSP role and work as part of the Patient Safety Team.

The role of the PSP is to provide a patient, carer, or lay perspective in relation to improving patient safety in hospital and to be able to present these views via various meetings and committees on behalf of the wider community/groups of patients. You will need to be a good communicator and comfortable engaging with stakeholders across the Trust and the local community, including our patients, families, carers, staff, and hospital executive team.  You must have experience in report writing, understanding, and interpreting data and, basic presentation skills.

Whilst this is a voluntary role, we are looking for people who can commit to two years in this role with a time commitment of a minimum of four hours per month.

Support and training required to assist you in fulfilling this role will be provided.

Read more about the Patient Safety Partner role and what it involves.

If you would like to be considered for one of these roles, please apply by completing a supporting statement explaining why you are interested and how you meet the criteria for the role.  Send this with your CV to hannahrobinson@dchft.nhs.uk. Alternatively, you can post you application to: Hannah Robinson, Volunteer Support Team, Trust HQ, Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2JY.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment. We would welcome applications for this role from people in under-represented groups.

If you would like more information or to discuss this role and any adjustments required, please contact:

Sharon Mooney, Lead Patient Safety Specialist:
01305 253352

Hannah Robinson, Volunteer and Patient Experience Lead:
01305 255351

The closing date for applications is 12 August 2022 with interviews expected to take place in the first week of September.