Therapeutic Support @ South Tees
The therapeutic support programme at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a growing community of staff, volunteers and work experience students providing valuable therapeutic support to patients, visitors and staff throughout the trust.
The team has a 500+ community of volunteers that provide non-clinical intervention and interaction to patients on all our hospital wards.
Under the leadership of Debi McKeown, lead nurse for therapeutic support, the staff, volunteers and work experience students – aged from 16 to 82 – provide valuable therapeutic support to patients, visitors and staff throughout the trust.
This can range from activities in the day room such as board games, dominoes and crafts to pampering activities such as nail painting and hair dressing. Volunteers may also find themselves running errands for patients and taking them for short trips off the wards where appropriate so they can experience a sense of normality.
Whatever the activity, the patient remains at the centre of everything.