Volunteer as a nurse or personal assistant on Back Up courses

Back Up provides different courses to help build confidence and independence, and enabling both volunteers and spinal cord injured participants to see how much is possible. For someone who is adjusting to life after a devastating injury, our courses provide the opportunity to develop new skills and friendships that show life doesn't stop after a spinal cord injury.

Our volunteer nurses and PAs are there to enable spinal cord injured participants to feel well, comfortable, and fully able to participate in the course, as well as helping them to learn new skills which will make their life easier back at home.

"Back Up is by far the best thing that's ever happened to me. I have dealt with medical emergencies, liaised with medical professionals and more importantly I’ve seen the person behind the injury which has changed the way I practice."

What does it involve?

- Assisting with personal care needs of spinal cord injured participants and/or volunteers;
- Supporting participants to develop their skills and independence;
- Contributing to the positive experience of the group as a whole and participating in course activities:

This role would suit an experienced Nurse or PA who is helpful and flexible, a good listener, patient and caring and can respect confidentiality.  For more information and to see the specific care skills required, please download the role description or give us a call.


Support and training

- You will be paired to work with course participants based on your skills and experience and will receive full information about the course and the people you are matched to work with;
- Support, guidance and feedback from Group Leaders, the Courses Manager and experienced Nurses or PAs;
-Agreed expenses covered by Back Up.


See the Nurse and PA role description  for more information. For an informal chat about the role please email Andy or call on 020 8875 1805

We are now recruiting for courses in 2016, visit the calendar for details of the courses taking place. Apply online or download an application form