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Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering in our Trust

Q: What is the minimum volunteering commitment required?

A: We require a 6 month commitment from all of our volunteers.

Q: Are there a minimum number of hours each week?

A: We ask that volunteers do 4 hours to week at least, however they are more than welcome to do more hours should they wish.

Q: Is there a uniform?

A:We ask our volunteers to wear one of the volunteering polo shirts and a volunteering lanyard.

Q: What if I am unwell?

A: Contact the ward or department you volunteer for and let them know.

Q: What if I want to change roles?
A: Contact the volunteering mailbox and we will let you know what is currently available.

Q: What PPE do I have to wear?

A: In and around our hospitals the minimum requirement is a disposable face mask. If you will be within two metres of a patient you will be required to wear a face mask, disposable apron and disposable gloves.

Q: Will I receive an induction?

A: Yes, each ward/department may arrange this differently but you will have an induction.

Q: Do you offer COVID-19 testing?

A: Currently at the Trust we are offering LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification) testing to all volunteers, these can be posted out to your home address, it is a quick and easy saliva test done weekly with fast and accurate results.

Q: Where can I park?

A: You can park for free at any of our sites by showing your ID badge.

Q: How long does recruitment take?

A: Approximately 4 weeks however, it can take more or less time depending on how busy we are at any one time.

Q: Do you offer work experience?

A: No, we do not offer work experience and cannot sign off on any hours that you do.  If you want work experience please contact the ward/department directly.

Q: What is involved with the recruitment process?

A: We will send you lots of forms to fill out, an occupational health form, ID badge form, and COVID risk assessment.  We will also send a list of ID you will need to send pictures of for us to complete your DBS, and details of a referee will be requested.

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