Thank you for your interest in volunteering at UCLH. Due to the ongoing concerns of the spread of COVID-19, we have reduced our conventional volunteering program to focus on essential volunteer roles and services.
Do you want to help during the COVID-19 period? We are grateful for the increase in the number of people interested in volunteering at UCLH during these challenging times. We have temporarily stopped recruitment of the COVID-19 crisis support role due to the amount applications we have received. This is may change so please keep visiting our website. In the meantime we recommend that your visit https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS to see what you can do for the NHS in your local area.
Aged 16-18? Applications for our Youth Summer Programme are now open. Click here to sign up!
Are there any restrictions to volunteering at UCLH?
Minimum age: Volunteers must be aged 16 or older. Applicants aged 16-17 will need to apply for specific roles through our youth volunteering program. All roles need a regular weekly commitment e.g. coming in on the same time slot and day each week. For ward based roles we ask that you commit for at least 12 months, other roles are one off, 3 or 6 months.
Are you a student? We welcome applications from students. However, we do not accept applications from 2nd year students after the 1st November or Final year students as study commitments conflict with sustaining a regular commitment.
Do you live over an hour away? We prefer volunteers to live close to UCLH sites. Currently, we are only able to reimburse upto £4.50 per day for travel costs. If you have a journey time of 1+hrs to get to us we find that it makes it harder to sustain a regular commitment and can prove expensive to volunteer. Therefore, if you live more than an hour away we encourage you to contact your local hospital.
Looking for work experience, internships or clinical placements? We are sorry but our department does not offer these placements. Although there is an overlap between volunteering and work experience, all our roles tend to be ongoing and longer term. They are also focused on improving our patient exerpeince. If you are aged 16-18 and wanting work experience please contact our Learning and Development Team.
The process to becoming a volunteer at UCLH
On average it takes 6 weeks for someone to come through this process and start volunteering with us.
Is hospital volunteering right for you? Before applying it is important to consider that volunteering can be an emotionally demanding experience. If you are currently or have recently been coping with a medical diagnosis either as a patient, family member or close friend, this may not be the best time for you to volunteer with us. In particular if you, or someone you are close to has been affected by cancer we ask that you wait for 2 years before applying.