Thank you for wanting to volunteer at UCLH and make a difference to our patients. Volunteers are a really important part of the team at UCLH, working across all of our sites, helping us do more.
All our volunteer roles are different, and we offer full training and support before you start with us. For most of our roles you don’t necessarily need have to have prior experience as the key things we are looking for are great people skills and an ability to give us a regular commitment.
Age 17 or under? If are currently in school or sixth form you will need to apply through our youth programme. Unfortunately, we are not recruiting at the moment, applications will open again in March.
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.