How long does the recruitment process take?
It can be up to a month or more. After your interview, there are several checks that have to be made before you can become a volunteer with us at our hospitals: a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, two references, occupational health clearance and the hospital induction will have to be completed before you start.
Is there a uniform/dress code for volunteers?
Yes, all volunteers wear a polo shirt and an ID badge which must be worn at all times. You are also requested to wear smart trousers or skirt. It is very important (especially if you’re working in a clinical area) that you remove any jewellery, nail varnish and your hair must be tied up and worn off the collar. We also request that you adhere to our Trust policy and ensure you are always bare below the elbows.
How long can I volunteer for?
The minimum period we ask you to commit to is six months but if you can volunteer more time that would be greatly appreciated. You would be expected to attend regularly at least once a week for a session lasting between two to four hours.
Will I get any training?
Yes, during the hospital induction, all volunteers will have training on equal opportunities, infection control, fire safety, health and safety, confidentiality and more. Depending on the area you are volunteering in, you will have the option of doing a higher level safeguarding course and a conflict resolution workshop if appropriate.
Will I get a reference at the end of my volunteering?
Yes, when you have completed at least six months of volunteering and have attended on a regular basis.