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Aspire Volunteer

Posted for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust - Patient and Public Engagement Team

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Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity that will make a difference to the NHS at the same time as learning new skills?

The Aspire volunteer role is to support the Aspire programme across Southern Health. The Aspire programme is team-led and focused on improving services to ensure service users, patients, carers, and families’ experiences and outcomes are positive. The programme has three elements:

  •    Self-assessment (team led and team focused)
  •    Observation in practice
  •    Collaborative review

Aspire volunteers are invited to take part in the observations in practice of services. The observation is a key part of the programme as it provides another perspective on the service. The views of Aspire volunteers are very important to us and will help to shape services and service improvement.

Volunteers will be invited to take part in the collaborative review for the services they have observed, which is an opportunity for the team and others to get together to plan for the future and set goals for the team to work on.

The main aim is for those who have an interest in improving healthcare services to use their skills to have a positive impact and help us improve our services for service users, patients and carers.

The role does not have a set base as we have a variety of sites across our Trust that will take part in the Aspire programme and volunteers will get to sign up for sites that are convenient for them across the whole of Hampshire.

We will provide a welcome pack, training and online drop-in sessions prior to any observations taking place to ensure all volunteers feel prepared and have an opportunity to ask questions and get ready for the observations. Southern Health volunteers are also able to access a range of benefits including the Blue Light Card.


  •    Ability to provide a service user, patient, carer, or lay perspective and to put forward views on behalf of the wider community/groups of patients (not own opinion only). 
  •    Experience of championing service improvements; able to be a critical friend.
  •    Sound judgement and an ability to be objective.
  •    Personal integrity and commitment to openness, inclusiveness, and high standards. 


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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Availability Details

Volunteers are required to visit sites near to them and are asked to complete an observation in practice which we estimate to take 2-3 hours. There is also the opportunity to take part in a collaborative review at a later date about the service you observe. Volunteers can take part in as many or as little observations as they want to. The observations will be at a time convenient to the volunteer and service they are visiting.


This opportunity is available Countywide.

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