As a Volunteer Patient Driver you will use your own private vehicle to transport patients from their home to hospitals in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area for treatment or appointments.
You will need to have a full, clean driving licence ( current class B without endorsements) and be willing to complete a Protection of Vulnerable Groups Disclosure (PVG) application form. You must have private car insurance which includes liability for occasional business use – you need to advise your insurer that your vehicle will be used for volunteering and usually they do not apply an additional premium for this.
We would ask you to commit to providing a reliable service. Most of our volunteers offer a day per week on a regular basis. You will need to be in good physical health and be able to provide a safe, reliable, clean vehicle. You will need to show that your vehicle is well maintained, has valid road licence tax and has a valid MOT certificate (if car is over three years old).
As a volunteer patient driver, you will:
- Communicate to staff any questions or concerns about the patient or transport arrangements
- Adopt a friendly and caring approach towards patients and families
- Maintain utmost confidentiality about patient and hospice information at all times
- Be aware of and observe personal and professional boundaries
- Have a calm manner and the ability to deal with unexpected situations
Training and guidance will be given in all aspects of the tasks required for the role including Volunteer Induction, Health and Safety, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Confidentiality.
Volunteer Patient Drivers are entitled to claim travel expenses between their home and the hospice. Mileage claims are submitted once a month and payment made electronically, directly to your bank account. The rate is currently 40p per mile.
If you would like to become a Volunteer Patient Driver, simply complete our online Volunteer Application Form.