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Shape your story as a volunteer


Our dedicated volunteers offer practical and emotional support to our patients

They also provide a helping hand for our staff and a friendly face for our visitors.

They can support the hospital in several ways from welcoming and directing visitors, giving out refreshments on the wards or chatting to patients. 

Our recruitment process can take from one to three months. It will depend on how quickly you complete necessary checks and stages. 

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Our dedicated volunteers

Our volunteers are inspiring, passionate and caring

And we would like it to be a valuable experience for you too

You’ll make new friends, meet and work with new people from all walks of life, learn new skills and gain new experience.

Our volunteers tell us they feel more confident and happy by giving back and helping others.

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Our dedicated volunteers - video

Barts Health volunteer behind a screen at The Royal London Hospital

Get in touch

If you’d like to learn more before you apply, please phone us

Volunteering across the Barts Health: 020 7377 7792

Newham: 020 7363 8107

St Bartholomew's: 020 3765 8897 

The Royal London: 020 7377 7334

Whipps Cross: 020 8535 6772

John Moss

Meet John

John Moss has been a volunteer at Whipps Cross for 13 years

He talks about his journey as a volunteer after retiring from the Metropolitan Police.

You have to care to care

Volunteering opportunities

Youth Empowerment Squad (YES)

The Youth Empowerment Squad (YES) is the Barts Health youth forum. Its mission is to get all Barts Health young people sharing their views in their care, sharing good practice and making and influencing decisions.

NHS Retirement Fellowship

The fellowship provides opportunities to retired NHS and other health and social care staff, volunteers and their friends and families.

Buggy (Whipps Cross)

Volunteers who like driving and would be interested in driving the cherished buggy to help patients, visitors, and staff to get to their destination across the site. For this role, you will require a full clean driving license.

Meet and greeters

This is the starting point for many of our volunteers. We all know how big and disorientating hospitals can be, particularly if you are anxious about your appointment and don’t know where to go.

As a meet and greet volunteer you will play an important part in ensuring that our patient's journey and experience is the best it can be by helping patients feel comfortable from the moment they step into our hospitals.

Active response volunteers

The Active Response Volunteer (ARV) role is the most popular role. The ARV is about ensuring that we help the patients and areas across the hospital that most need our help and clinicians either bleep or call volunteers to ask for their help. Some of the things that an ARV might do include

  • Supporting mealtimes
  • Collecting medications from the pharmacy
  • Helping patients that are lonely/anxious, shopping or playing games and activities with patients.

In addition, you can help patients and families at end-of-life care, help resolve visitor and patient issues with lost property or support the emergency department when under pressure. If you like to be busy and enjoy a challenge this role is for you. There are more than five modules of training that you can do to continually develop your training and experience.

Barts Guild Trolley, Friends of Royal London Trolley  

We are lucky to have allies and friends who fundraise and support our hospitals and patients with funding and by providing services to our patients, visitors, and staff. One of the vital services they provide is a trolley that takes refreshment items around to our patients. 

If you would like to apply, please complete the section available on the application form or contact the team who can support you. 

Forums / panels

We are committed to shaping and developing our services with the involvement of the local community. This includes ensuring that the patient's voice is used to inform decision-making to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and our hospitals.

We have a plethora of forums and communities across our hospital where you can contribute and share your patient experience and play your part in helping us to make real and lasting change.

If you are keen to help support your local hospital as a patient voice these are your options:

  • Youth Empowerment Squad (RLH)
  • Patient Voice
  • Renal peer mentors
  • The Royal London patient panel
  • Whipps Cross patient panel

Patient research champion

The Patient Research Champion (PRC) programme Barts Health NHS Trust provides a unique opportunity for members of our community to play a part in our healthcare research activity. We believe that patients, their carers and families and members of the public play an essential role in the development, delivery and dissemination of our research. As a volunteer, you will promote health research from a patient’s point of view, support our research staff in the tasks they undertake and help us to give our patients the best experience of taking part in research at Barts Health possible. You could be a patient, service user, carer or layperson who has some spare time, is enthusiastic about health research and is willing to communicate that to other patients and the public as well as healthcare professionals. We ask our PRCs for a minimum commitment of 4 months, but this can be flexible. You may also be asked to perform ad-hoc activities with other research teams, where required. If you are interested in joining our amazing network of volunteers as a PRC, please read on to find out more about some exciting placement opportunities we have to offer.  

Placements are available in: 
Bingli Medical Application 

We are looking for caring and confident PRCs to be part of a new research project in the emergency department at the Royal London Hospital. The project will test a new medical interview application, which is designed to support doctors to make better diagnoses improve results and reduce waiting times for patients. As part of the role, you will: 

  • Welcome patients as they arrive in the emergency department 

  • Help patients access and use the app in the waiting room 

  • Be on hand to answer questions about the app and project 

  • Provide additional support to research staff as and where necessary  

To provide full support to patients in using the app, volunteers are needed to be on-site throughout the day, covering morning, afternoon, and evening periods. Volunteers with previous experience in an emergency department are particularly welcome.  Additional training will be provided to volunteers new to working in emergency departments. 

Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU) 

The Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU) is a busy unit based at the Royal London Hospital. If you would like to find out about current research in medical science and play a part in advancing knowledge, this placement could be for you. You can expect lots of interaction with patients in person and over the phone and help ensure patients can express their views on research projects. The ACCU is heavily involved in the Patient Research Experience Survey (PRES), and PRCs play a key role in supporting them with their delivery of the survey. You will contact patients who have completed research trials to get feedback from them on their experience of being in a research study. This placement will suit you if you have good communication skills and enjoy helping others. The team can accommodate PRCs on any weekday, although Wednesday and/or Thursday morning would be preferred as these are the busiest patient days.  

CRC Royal London Hospital and CRU Whipps Cross 

Our Clinical Research Units (CRU) are based at Whipps Cross Hospital or Royal London Hospital. In these placements, you will welcome patients into the unit, sign them in for their study appointment, and help them to feel comfortable. You will also help to distribute and collect patient research experience surveys (PRES) and perform administrative duties. If you are self-motivated, a team player, and have good communication skills, we would love to hear from you. Previous experience of volunteering in a healthcare setting would be a bonus. Wednesday and/or Thursday mornings would be preferred as these are the busiest patient days, but any other weekday would also be feasible.  

Stroke Unit 

Based at our Stroke Units in both Newham Hospital and Royal London Hospital, this placement is great for dedicated and reliable individuals. You will help the team by carrying out general admin tasks, such as photocopying and creating stroke packs for education and research purposes. As a key part of the role, you will also help our teams in their delivery of the Patient Research Engagement Survey (PRES).  

If you are interested in any of these PRC placement opportunities, please contact James in the Research Engagement team at patientsinresearch.bartshealth@nhs.net