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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 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 volunteers. You may have been helped by a vaccination hub volunteer, chatted to a discharge lounge volunteer, been shown the way by a meet and greet volunteer, bought something in one of our Leagues of Friends’ shops, 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.


Current roles and opportunities

We are adding new opportunities all the time, so follow the link below to see the roles that are currently recruiting. Check back later in the year as more opportunities are made available.  

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Please note that we cannot accept applications for general volunteering. Unfortunately, due to demand, we are not able to accept everyone who applies but we will make every effort to match your experience, interests and availability to our current vacancies.

For any questions, please contact plh-tr.volunteerenquiry@nhs.net

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.


How do I become a volunteer?

Please take a look at the details about some of our volunteering roles here to see if there are any opportunities that may be of interest to you.

If your application is successful you will be contacted to arrange a short, informal interview with our volunteer coordinator.  This allows us the opportunity to find out more about you and for you to find out more about University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and the role for which you are applying.

Following interview, if you are selected for a role, the application process will continue and include a request for two references, health clearance (Health Declaration 2021.pdf [pdf] 150KB) from our occupational health team and, for most roles, completion of a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  If you have any health issues, you may also be asked to complete an additional occupational health questionnaire to ensure you will be placed appropriately and safely.  If you have had any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings, at any time in your life, you are required to tell us. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

Once your registration is complete and all the checks are in place we will contact you to arrange a start date and induction and we’ll welcome you to volunteering with us.

Please also see the Covid Volunteer Agreement.pdf [pdf] 135KB  that is required in all voluntary roles.

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