Ward Visitors

We are looking for warm friendly people with good communication skills who are prepared to spend time explaining to patients what Radio Cherwell has to offer and give them a Listening News, a free guide to our programmes.

Many patients may not have been told about the bed head radio system or they may find it difficult to use and may need help – nursing staff are very busy and some may not be aware that there is a hospital radio service – so this is where the Ward Visitor will help fulfil this important role.

To apply to be a Ward Visitor the applicant must be at least 16 years of age and share our commitment to making patients’ stay in hospital a little easier. We can offer:

  • Free membership, with access to the studio at the Churchill Hospital and will be most welcome at all Radio Cherwell functions.
  • Full training and support.
  • An item of corporate clothing.
  • Allocation to a group of wards so that a rapport can be built with the patients and staff.
  • Flexibility. Wards can be visited on days and times to suit the Ward Visitor provided that any restrictions the ward staff may have are adhered to.
  • Work with our Record Requests presenters who broadcast every evening to play that important record which brings a smile to the faces of our listeners.
  • Opportunities for publicising Radio Cherwell on the wards.
  • Opportunities to take up broadcasting at a later stage if desired.

    NOTE: DBS and health checks will have to be completed before starting. This can typically take around four weeks.

How to become a Ward Visitor member

Please read these notes before completing the on-line application form at the foot of this page.

How to apply

  1. We ask all applicants to fill out and return the online application form.
  2. The Membership Secretary will invite you to attend a brief, informal meeting at our studios. Normally we will be able to let you know if you are suitable by the end of the interview.

If accepted you will be asked to:

  1. DBS – Fill in a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) form which can be accessed online at our studio. Please refer to the DBS web site for further information: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-check-applicant-criminal-record
  2. Health Declaration – The hospital authorities ask all volunteers to fill in a health declaration form, one will be provided at the interview.
  3. Complete and return the forms. (Please note Ward Visitors do not pay a registration or a membership fee)

Getting Started

Once we get satisfactory DBS clearance, the Membership Secretary will invite you to the studio for an induction session, and make arrangements for you to initially work with one or more of our members.

Prospective Ward Visitor Membership

Prospective Ward Visitor membership is for a 6-month period during which you will have the opportunity to get to know us, find out about hospital radio. Training and support will be given.

Full Ward Visitor Membership

Full Ward Visitor/Associate membership will be offered to all prospective Ward Visitor members who meet our expectations within 6 months. Ward Visitor/Associate Members are not able to vote at meetings or stand as a trustee.

How much of my time do I need to commit?

As a Ward Visitor (Prospective Member) a minimum commitment of 1 hour a week or fortnight, at a time to suit you.

What is the difference between Ward Visitor and ordinary Membership?

A Ward Visitor does not pay a joining fee or an annual Membership Fee and is is not normally entitled to use the studio equipment or to broadcast programmes.

Can a Ward Visitor member become an ordinary Member?

Yes if the annual membership fee is paid when it becomes due each year.

If you require any more information please contact:
Membership Secretary,
Radio Cherwell, Churchill Hospital,
Old Road, Headington, Oxford. OX3 7LJ

Tel: 01865 225522
email: membership@radiocherwell.com