“What can I do for ScoutMed and by definition our patients, rather than what can ScoutMed do for me”.

If you baulk when you read this statement then ScoutMed is probably not for you. We believe that helping, comforting and reassuring young people in their hour of need, when they are perhaps in pain and frightened, compounded by being away from home and loved ones, is a privilege conferred on us by leaders and parents. We do not do it for thanks or self promotion but out of a genuine desire to help. This requires commitment and dedication and occasionally making a few personal sacrifices.

The following paragraphs from Section 6 of our policy reproduced below gives a fair summary of our requirements:

• It is recognised that ScoutMed needs to recruit sufficient numbers of suitable personal to meet the growing demands placed on our organisation. It is also important to recognise this must not be at the expense of maintaining clinical quality and standards, or jeopardising good inter team relations and harmony.

• While ScoutMed does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, religious belief or sexuality, and will wherever possible accommodate the less able bodied within the organisation, ScoutMed reserves the absolute right to refuse membership to any individual whom it deems unsuitable. Unlike any other section in scouting members of ScoutMed will by definition be coming into regular physical contact both with children and adults on a regular basis, undertaking investigations and examinations, carrying out treatments, and on occasions helping children undress.

• Treatments carried out will on occasions need to be of a high clinical standard and at other times may be painful and distressing for the patient.

• Only individuals of high personal integrity, judged to be suitable for the training and demands of the job, willing and able to commit themselves to the organisation, and able to work as part of a team need apply or will be accepted.

• There will be no exceptions to these requirements. Young people and their parents, as well as our adult patients, deserve nothing less as they are placing their complete trust in us.

If you think you have the right personal qualities and genuinely want to make a difference then we would be delighted to hear from you. We are always on the lookout for new members and the more members we have the more events we can cover. Section 6 of our policy covers our recruitment and training requirements in full.

If you are interested in joining and are up for a challenge then we will try to make the process as quick and painless as possible for you. If you are accepted then you will be joining a respected organisation that can, and does, make a real difference to the physical health and wellbeing of our patients.

Just one more thing – please do not run away with the idea that because we have high professional standards we are straight laced. Oh no! Just ask anyone that has socialised on camp with us! You will need a sense of humour and be broad minded as we can guarantee you that in the best traditions of scouting there is always time to relax and unwind, and have a (at times bordering on the hysterical) laugh!

For further details on joining please email us at with your full personal details, including relevant qualifications and experience.
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