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From greeters to gardeners, volunteers are an important part of the day-to-day running of our hospital.

We really value everyone who volunteers, their contribution is a big part of what makes our hospital special. If you're interested in volunteering, we'd like to hear from you.

Volunteer roles

There are a variety of volunteer roles at the hospital to meet a wide range of needs and interests.

Welcome / greeting

Welcome patients and visitors, guide through the booking in process and direct patients and visitors to departments

Ward helping

Help clean and clear patient tables before and after meals are served. General duties may also be required to support the ward staff. Please note, you will not provide any care to patients on the ward.


Serve tea, coffee and cold drinks to patients on the wards. You may also support with the newspaper trolley for patients to purchase a magazine or newspaper.

Ward visitors

Visit patients for a chat and some company during their stay. You will also deliver any letter for loved ones and help patients reply if support is required.

Patient experience

Support patients to complete surveys and collect completed surveys from departments.

Administrative support

Photocopying, filing, data inputting and other administrative duties may be required.


General maintenance of the Trust gardens.


Collect and distribute mail around the hospital.

Simulated patient

Pretend to be a patient to help trainee-clinicians improve their communication skills and bed-side manner. Find out more about our SIMS Programme here.

Patient Safety Partners: an amazing way to contribute

We're committed to offering safe services and we need your help! The Patient Safety Partner (PSP) is a new and evolving role developed by NHS England to help improve patient safety across health care in the UK.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to support the NHS and get involved with the local community. There lots of great reasons to volunteer, some of them being:

  • You will make a difference to our patients and visitors experience
  • You will be in a friendly environment and have the opportunity to meet new people
  • You will develop new skills in a healthcare setting
  • You are able to access exclusive NHS Discounts

What our volunteers say

I have been nursing for the past 47 years and The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and the wonderful staff have looked after both my mum and myself over the past few years. It was for this reason that I decided to join the volunteering team at the ROH as I come to the end of my nursing career with spare time on my hands.

Volunteering is the perfect opportunity for me to give back and to say thank you for all the excellent care both my mum and myself have received.

Volunteering at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is fulfilling and rewarding. I have been able to meet wonderful patients and staff during my time here.

This opportunity has allowed me to improve my communication skills and I feel very fortunate to be part of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

I worked in surgery for many years and always enjoyed meeting patients and helping others. When I retired, volunteering seemed a natural thing to do. I enoy meeting new people on a regular basis and feel valued at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Join our volunteering team


We ask that applicants consider being able to give a regular commitment of 2-3 hours per week for a minimum of 12 months, before applying.

Once your application has been received, you will be invited to meet with the Volunteer Coordinator.

We must receive your DBS and references before you commence. You will also be required to attend a one day induction course along with some mandatory training which is a statutory requirement for all volunteers.


All volunteer applicants will be required to disclose any previous criminal convictions, cautions or warnings received as required under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) through the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) process. The DBS is completed on line at the interview. If you have any criminal convictions you are advised to discuss any issues with the Volunteer Coordinator before applying. This information will be treated in confidence and will not necessarily prejudice an applicant being accepted for a voluntary placement.

All applicants will also require a National Insurance Number in order to complete a DBS submission.

Contact us

Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Breecher.

0121 685 4226

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