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Volunteer Service

 

The Newcastle Hospitals Trust values the involvement of local people as volunteers in activities that enhance the patient, visitor and carer experience, and also support staff in delivering high quality health care.

Your offer of voluntary help is very much appreciated, and you will receive a warm welcome no matter which area of volunteering you choose.

If you would like to become a Newcastle Hospitals volunteer, you can find out about the exciting opportunities available

You can also read the Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering below.

More information

Having read about our opportunities, if you would like more information, please email volunteers@nuth.nhs.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

If you want specific work experience or to find out about a career in a specific area or department, please visit our work experience webpages


Volunteering - Frequently Asked Questions

What volunteering positions are available?
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a number of volunteering opportunities. We may be able to offer limited volunteering roles in other areas, but cannot guarantee this. To apply for work experience or work shadowing please visit the work experience pages.

What kind of commitment will you need from me?

As a volunteer there are no obligations and you are free to take on as much or as little volunteer tasks as you wish, all that we ask is that you commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Who can apply?
If you are aged 16 or over you are eligible to become a volunteer. We are always looking for motivated people who have time to give support to the Trust in a number of areas.

Why do I need to complete an application form?
It is a requirement of the NHS that you complete an application form for us to obtain your details and also to ensure that we match you with an appropriate volunteering role.

Why do I have to have employment checks?
Due to the nature of volunteering in the NHS we need to undertake employment checks on anyone working, paid or unpaid, on our premises in order to protect patients.

I have not worked – who can supply my references?
We require two references from individuals who have known you for at least three years. These can be from employers, but if you have not recently been employed these can be from other sources such as teacher or tutor, religious or cultural leader, case worker, community or social worker or family doctor. Friends, close relatives and family friends are not permissible and will not be accepted. We must have two references and they must cover at least a three year period. If you are unable to provide two references, or they do not cover three years we will be unable to accept your application.

Why do I need a health check?
It is important for us to establish that you are fit to undertake the role you are volunteering for and to identify if any modifications are required to assist you to undertake the role.

How long does the application process take?
Due to the increasing popularity of volunteering, and particularly within hospitals, it can take at least three months for applications to work their way through the process. 

To become a volunteer you need to complete an application form, and we will then ask for references. You will also be required to come for a short informal interview, complete a health declaration form, and a DBS check. You will be asked to bring to the interview an original ID documentation for the completion of your DBS check - copies will then be taken and originals handed back at the interview. Once all of your checks are received and your references have been approved you will be invited to attend a Trust induction day and given a start date. 

How will you contact me?

The majority of our contact will be through email, so please make sure that you provide us with an email address if possible, and do keep checking your emails.

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