Volunteer Complementary Therapist

Location: Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet

Status: Voluntary

Pilgrims Hospices is looking for Volunteer Complementary Therapists at all of its sites – Canterbury, Ashford & Thanet.

At Pilgrims, complementary therapies are a valuable part of the holistic care offered to patients and their loved ones, helping to promote relaxation and wellbeing , improve self-confidence, and ease anxiety, pain, and spiritual distress.

Pilgrims offer a wide range of individual therapies and treatments, including aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki, and hand and foot massage.

Volunteer Complementary Therapists will support the wider Complementary Therapy team in treating in-patients, out-patients, Pilgrims Therapy Centre patients, and their carers. They will also work as part of the multi-disciplinary team and liaise with them at all times.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Offering a patient-centred approach to complementary therapy
  • Liaising with the multi-disciplinary team in connection with any treatment to be given
  • Maintaining complete confidentiality in accordance with Pilgrims Hospices policy
  • Identifying and reporting any worries or concerns regarding hospice patients to the complementary therapy co-ordinator or a lead physician/nurse
  • Explaining treatment offered to a patient before undertaking the treatment and obtaining their or next of kin’s consent, in line with agreed hospice policies and procedures
  • Reporting any health and safety issues
  • Adhering to the code of conduct and ethics
  • Being flexible in attitude and approach
  • In the event that you’re unwell, going on holiday, or unable to undertake your shift, you must inform a Complementary Therapist or the Hospice Service Manager as soon as possible

Find out more

Click here to download the volunteer role description.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Justine Robinson, Therapies and Wellbeing Manager, leaving some contact information and details of when it may be convenient to call you to chat about the role:

How to apply

To apply for this volunteer role, please download and complete an application form for clinical volunteering roles.

Completed applications should be sent to justine.robinson@pilgrimshospices.org.