Patient and Family Experience Volunteer

Why we need your help

Marie Curie recognises that the best way to understand its services is by seeing it through the eyes of the people we support. Feedback from people we care for is critical in telling us what we are doing well and where we can improve.

Through this exciting volunteer role, you will help us understand our services’ quality by listening to the people we support. You will help us by contacting people while they are receiving our services to make sure we are providing our patients and families with excellent care, and if there are issues, to help us nip things in the bud.

This role has the scope for broader conversations with people about their experiences at the end of life. Gaining insight and understanding allows us to ensure we’re there for all people experiencing dying, death and bereavement.

What we need you to do

Your role will include some of, but is not restricted to, the following tasks:

  • Speak with patients and families over the phone to complete surveys about their experiences of our care and support.
  • Record data accurately, capturing as much as possible in the person’s own words.
  • Input feedback data into an online database.
  • If comfortable, undertake analysis of data to help us report on themes and trends; what we are doing well and what we can improve.
  • Communicate with patients and families how we use their feedback and ideas to improve services, where appropriate.
  • Work with the Clinical Nurse Managers to highlight any issues and concerns about the care provided in their services.
  • Relay positive feedback to Marie Curie Nursing staff and volunteers.
  • If comfortable, conduct semi-structured interviews to understand peoples’ lived experiences of dying, death, and bereavement.

What we can offer you

  • An excellent opportunity to build on your skills in a charity environment
  • An induction, training, support and supervision in your role
  • Agreed reasonable out-of-pocket expenses

To apply for this role, please complete the online application: 


What skills or experience do you need?

  • Good communication, listening and people skills.
  • The ability to deal with people in a warm, friendly, and sensitive manner.
  • Understanding the importance of confidentiality.
  • Empathy and an understanding of the needs of people experiencing end of life care issues.

What we ask of you

  • To provide two references from non-family members and other relevant documents related to the role
  • To keep to all the charity’s policies and guidelines
  • To complete an induction and any training related to the role


  • Accessibility
    We try and make any reasonable adjustments needed wherever possible.
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced DBS check required.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    We reimburse agreed reasonable out of pocket expenses for our volunteers such as mileage or bus fare if travelling from their home to and from their normal place of volunteering, and the cost of a meal if they volunteer for more than 4 continuous hours in one day (e.g. 9am-2pm) and this covers a meal period i.e. lunch or evening meal (only the actual cost of the meal will be reimbursed subject to a maximum allowance, the current daily maximum meal allowance is £6).
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 19/03/2024

End Date: 01/04/2025

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Availability Details

The role doesn’t have a specific start/end date but a weekly commitment of a few hours (or a day) would be ideal, however if you could only commit to fortnightly for instance, Marie Curie Hospice would still love to hear from you.


Marie Curie Cancer Care,
Marie Curie Drive,
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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