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Remarkable People Awards

Remarkable People Awards 2013

'Volunteer of the Year' winner 2013, Vivian Cooper

Remarkable People Awards

Remarkable People Awards 2012

'Volunteer of the Year' winner 2012, Carol McKay


The Trust has a large number of trained hospital volunteers to help in a variety of ways throughout the hospital, placing them where they are most needed and suited. This involves help in wards/clinics and offices.  "Meet and greet volunteers" on the main reception desk help patients to find their way to various destinations within the hospital.

The Trust greatly values the work of its volunteers and each year many give up their free time on a regular basis to help patients throughout the James Paget University Hospital. 


Who are our Volunteers?

Many of our volunteers are retired, either members of the public, members of staff or former patients, people wanting a career change or a break, or people with part-time work. Many young people who are considering applying to study medicine, nursing, other professions allied to medicine or support services may find spending time undertaking voluntary work at the Trust will help them decide on a future career.


Example of Tasks and Duties

  • Escorting outpatients to various departments/clinics
  • Running errands and acting as a messenger service
  • Assisting with general ward records, routine administration and ward information services including simple clerical procedures
  • Providing reception, messenger and general services in out-patients departments
  • Meeting patients, reading appointment cards and taking/directing to clinics/wards
  • Talking with patients/relatives/visitors and helping on wards with simple tasks (not nursing)
  • Clerical assistance in emergencies
  • Assisting visitors who are disabled, frail orelderly
  • Escorting patients from the wards to the hairdressing salon and back again
  • Daily delivery of records to wards/clinics/departments
  • Collecting refreshments for patients and others
  • Collecting wheelchairs for visitors
  • Telephone enquiries to assist ward clerks
  • Issuing hearing aid batteries
  • Delivering cards/mail to patients on wards
  • Preparing patients' notes, packs, x-ray cards
  • Collecting and delivering medical records to wards and clinics
  • Cut rolls of paper for examination beds in accident and emergency and physiotherapy departments
  • Mealtime Assistance Volunteers
  • Any other duties of a similar nature as and when required in any department,

Frequently asked questions

  • Of course - everyone has something to offer.

  • As few or as many as you wish to offer.  We are grateful for whatever time you can give.  Volunteers typically offer one, two or even three half days per week.

  • Men and women of all ages from 18 to 70 years of age. Provided that they are in good general health volunteers may continue beyond their 70th birthday.  It is important to note that volunteers over the age of 70 are not insured for personal injury by the Trust.

  • Yes. Volunteers may reclaim travelling expenses and are entitled to a free drink in the morning and afternoon.  If they work for 4 hours or more during a day, they are entitled to a subsidy towards their mid-day meal.  Maximum mileage allowance per return journey is 24 miles. 

  • If you are unemployed and claiming benefits you should not lose these, but you must notify the Benefits Office that you are doing voluntary work, state that you can attend interviews at one-day's notice, are available for paid work, and are not receiving any payment other than travelling expenses.

    If you are claiming long-term sickness benefit ask permission from the Benefits Office before starting voluntary work. If you are receiving any benefit, it is wise to contact the Benefits Office for up to date advice. Doing voluntary work can affect your entitlement to some benefits.


  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975
    Volunteers helping in the National Health Service are required to declare any convictions that may for other purposes be spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


    Police Checks
    A Disclosure and Barring check is carried out free of charge before volunteers join us. 

  • You will be required to undertake a Volunteer Induction Day - this is basic induction training and provides a general guide as to the scope and limitations of the role and information about the Hospital.

  • For a copy of the Volunteer Application Form, please click here or email