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Volunteering

Our volunteers make a big difference across our hospitals and we’re extremely grateful for your help. Find out here how you can volunteer, the benefits of volunteering and our current opportunities.

Why volunteer with us

It’s an opportunity to make a real difference to our patients, their families, friends and relatives. You may feel inspired to help after visiting someone in our hospitals, or being a patient with us.

Volunteering can help you:

  • to help us in delivering top quality patient care
  • give something back or become more active in your local community
  • learn new skills. We provide full training to complete your role
  • improve your CV, job hunting or university application
  • increase your confidence
  • meet new people and attend volunteer events
  • do something different.

Anyone over the age of 16 although some roles may not be available to those under 18 years old.

Volunteering during COVID-19

All volunteers must have a risk assessment before they start volunteering.

We’ll provide you with you:

  • full training before you start your role
  • an induction session
  • ongoing training throughout the year
  • refunds on travel expenses up to a maximum limit
  • free car parking at our hospital site
  • access to annual events to celebrate your achievements
  • an ID badge and uniform to make you feel part of our team.

All volunteers must go through a recruitment process including completing a DBS check, providing references, occupational health clearance and appropriate training. We will try to carry this out as quickly as we can.

You may also need an appointment with our occupational health team.

You can contact us at any time to find out how we’re progressing with your application.

Please note:  Volunteers who are aged 70 or over, or who have underlying health conditions which make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, are being asked to remain at home at present. We are reviewing this situation regularly.  All volunteers will be required to have a risk assessment before they start their volunteering.

You must select a current volunteering opportunity before you fill in our online application form. Please complete our online application form once you have selected the role from the list below.

[Please note: Unfortunately this has been cancelled for the academic year 2021-22 due to the current situation. We hope to have it up and running again as soon as possible.]

You can join this two-day work shadowing if you’re:

  • in the sixth form at school or college
  • age 17 +
  • studying AS/A Level or equivalent
  • considering a career in healthcare.

We prioritise students who live or go to school in Buckinghamshire.

How the scheme works

You’ll spend up to 2 days shadowing a medical or healthcare professional under supervision in one of our hospitals. You’ll learn about their role, how they do their job and what it involves.

Due to high demand we can’t offer placements only during the school holidays, or defer placements to suit availability, unless you’re taking exams or have planned a holiday/school trip.

You’ll need to attend an induction. Please get permission from your school/college to attend during term time before you apply.

How to apply

The scheme usually opens each year from 1st to 31st October. Email bht.services.voluntary@nhs.net for an application form.

You’ll need to provide a non-refundable payment of £25 with your completed application form. Please call the Voluntary Services Office on 01296 316676 if you’re unable to pay.