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Volunteering Nurturer Programmes for NHS staff

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14th July 2019



At Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, they run the Nurturer Programmes for staff where they are encouraged to hold and cuddle babies. This is to help with their growth and emotional stability. Around 30 Children’s Hospital staff are currently part of the programme, which is promoted in weekly staff email bulletins and on the Intranet.

A case study can be found below:

Dora Tatar is a Clinical Support Worker on Ward 17, and she has volunteered as a staff nurturer on NSW for 12 months, comforting babies.

Dora’s story:
“Nurturing is the most rewarding experience, it gives me a feeling of calm. When I am holding them, the babies are less restless, their heartbeat steadies, they smile and look at me. I really enjoy nurturing on NSW, I usually visit around 8am for around an hour, and it encourages me to feel relaxed and calm. The ward are welcoming to me, and it’s great to visit them.
Why should other staff members apply to be Nurturers?
“It’s very special feeling to be able to give time and comfort to babies and add to the care they receive on the ward in a loving way.”

If you would like to develop this service within your Trust, why not contact Lisa Robinson-Clark, Volunteer Services Manager, to ask for more information.