Two top bosses at the district’s hospitals trust are being trained to help feed patients on busy wards.
Stephen Eames, chief executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, said he and chairman Jules Preston were taking part in a volunteering scheme to help nursing staff.
Mr Eames said for the past two years, Mid Yorkshire had been running a scheme for members of the public to be trained to help staff on busy wards with feeding patients at lunchtime and teatime.
He said: “This initiative has proved very popular with our patients the volunteers and our staff.
“In the past couple of months, we have piloted an extension of the scheme where qualified nurses in non-nursing roles, for example research nurses, safeguarding nurses and corporate nurses are able, if they wish, to give up an hour a week of their working day, to again assist with feeding our patients at meal times.”
There was no requirement or pressure on staff to volunteer, and those who did were paid normally for the activity, Mr Eames said.
He added: “Should this arrangement prove successful, it is likely that we would consider inviting other non-frontline staff to similarly volunteer.
“For example the chairman and myself are currently undergoing the training ourselves, so that we might take up this opportunity as one of the many ways in which we have direct contact with our patients while providing them with a service at the same time.”