Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Do you want to help your local hospital or gain experience in a hospital setting? Do you want to give your time supporting the NHS?

We are looking for lots of new volunteers to help us across the hospital in new volunteering roles! Our opportunities are wide ranging and support clinical staff and patients in a variety of ways!

If you have ever visited or stayed at Derriford Hospital the chances are you will have come into contact with one of our 550+ volunteers. You may have been helped by a vaccination hub volunteer; chatted to a discharge lounge volunteer; bought something in one of our Leagues of Friends’ shops or café; borrowed an RVS library book; completed a patient survey; or simply listened to Hospital Radio.

Our Trust welcomes volunteers to complement the work carried out by paid staff and there is always room for more.  As a Trust volunteer you’ll gain a unique insight into hospital life, receive relevant training (both of which will be great for your cv or life experience), as well as being a valuable part of our #1BigTeam.

In return we ask you to be reliable and committed, attending regularly for at least six months. Our minimum age for most of our roles is 16 unless specified, but we have no upper age limit!

You can read about the variety of opportunities available below, but if you would like to find out more please email us at:  plh-tr.volunteerenquiry@nhs.net

Our current roles and opportunities are:

Home Park Vaccination Hub

Our fantastic mass vaccination site at Plymouth Argyle Football ground needs more volunteers. We see over 2000 visitors a day. Volunteers help with filling in details, the queuing system and organising the site so the mass vaccination programme can run smoothly. We are open from the morning until late in the evening and you can choose when you can give your time!

Apply through Our Plymouth.


Emergency Department Support Volunteer

Our Emergency Department Support Volunteers operate in one of most critical departments at Derriford. Volunteers here can be found conducting temperature checks and completing COVID assessment forms to really help ease the pressure on clinical staff. Volunteers also help to support patients and carers by offering refreshments and company to those who are waiting for care. The minimum age for this role is 18.


Pain and Dermatology Services Support Volunteer

Volunteers are based in Rowan House providing support to the pain and dermatology team. Volunteers are kept busy helping patients fill out their COVID assessment forms, collecting prescriptions from the main hospital, directing patients to the right clinics and befriending patients who may have a long wait between clinics.


Family Link Volunteer

If you are passionate about keeping families in touch with loved ones- then why not become a Family Link volunteer? During the coronavirus pandemic it was difficult for patients in hospital to make regular contact with family and friends. Family Link volunteers provide a digital link to families who might not be able to see each other face to face.


Discharge Lounge Volunteer

Our fantastic team in the discharge lounge keep discharged patients comfortable whilst they are waiting to go home. Volunteers serve drinks and snacks, collect shopping and prescriptions and befriend patients who are waiting to make their journey home. If you are looking to help make a patient’s journey back to recovery easier then this is the role for you!


Clinical Decision Unit Lounge Support Volunteer

Are you interested in working in Mental Health? Our volunteering role offers the opportunity to gain experience working with patients who are in crisis. We are looking for experienced volunteers to befriend patients who often have long waits for those vital assessments. Volunteers really make a difference to patients and their carers who can be in real need of support and just need someone to listen and be there for them.  The minimum age for this role is 18.


Meet and Greet Volunteer

Meet and Greet volunteers are a wonderful team of volunteers who welcome patients and visitors to Derriford hospital. If you are bubbly and outgoing then this is the role for you as you will get to meet to people from all walks of life. Volunteers keep fit as part of the role as it requires lots of walking around the hospital showing patients and visitors where to go!  


Digital Support Volunteers role

The Patient Services team at University Hospitals Plymouth are looking for volunteers who can help support patients to access their NHS care through digital platforms and become ‘Digital Health Champions’.

For further information and to apply, please click here.

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