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UCH Ward Musician


Main area
10 sessions spread over a minimum of 6 months.
Weekdays/weekends between the hours of 9-7pm
Job ref
01/11/2018 23:59


Music has huge potential to improve our patient experience. Volunteers who can come onto the wards and play instruments can really change the atmosphere in a ward and the mood of patients and staff. The beneficial effects music can have on patients with dementia are especially well documented.

This role is not just about performing music but is about using music as a tool to interact with, and motivate patients and improve mental wellbeing. Each ward is different but in general music is played either 1:1, in a bay or in the reminiscence or day room (if on one of the care of the elderly wards). One ward has a piano and we have a portable keyboard on a stand which can be easily moved around. When not playing you can then interact generally with patients.

This role would suit anyone who is proactive, outgoing and good with people. Music needs to be suitable to the ward environment and not too overpowering (e.g. brass instruments)


  • Increasing contact with patients
  • Reducing boredom
  • Reducing the anxiety of patients and improving their mental well-being




Unfortunately, we are unable to take any students who are in the final year of the course, and ask that any students in their penultimate year start with us by the end of December. All volunteers must be aged over 18.

Applying for multiple roles?

We ask that you only apply for one role. If you are interested in multiple roles please list your preference in the application for the role you apply for and withdraw other applications.

If you apply for multiple roles your application may be rejected


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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Raksha Dattani
Volunteer Services Manager



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