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Sir William Gowers Unit Therapy Dog Visitor


Main area
3 hours (morning/afternoon) per week for 6 months
Either 10am – 1pm or 3pm – 6pm Monday to Friday
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Sir William Gowers Unit
Chalfont St Peters
10/11/2018 23:59


The value of pet ‘therapy’ and animal visits is widely accepted as a powerful aid to stimulation and communication. Studies have shown that the presence of companion animals can improve the well-being of patients and lower the rate of anxiety, simply by making the hospital environment happier, more enjoyable and less forbidding.  You must own a dog to apply for this role.


To visit hospital wards with your dog to interact with the patients. This would be based at the purpose built Gowers Assessment Unit in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.

This is a unit which specialises in epilepsy treatment and research and has patients from all over the UK.  This role would involve visiting the unit once a week with your dog spending time chatting to patients and allowing them to spend time with your dog.

It is essential that dogs have passed a ‘Pets as Therapy (or equivalent) assessment’. You do not have to have done this before applying as we can provide information and support you to do this.

We are looking for volunteers who are within a reasonable and affordable distance of the Gowers Assessment Unit in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.

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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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