Current volunteer roles

We are currently recruiting volunteers for roles in these areas. Please read the role description carefully to ensure you have the skills required and you are available to volunteer on the days and at the times required by the department.

If you wish to apply for a role please go to the How to apply section.

Activity volunteers for the ageing and health wards

We are looking for reliable, committed, enthusiastic activity volunteers (Word 266Kb) to improve the experience of patients in our ageing and health wards.

You will work with staff to encourage patients to increase their physical and mental activity by organising and participating in activities, talking, reading and playing games with them. You will also help out at mealtimes, accompany patients to facilities in the hospital such as the shops, hairdresser and gardens and run errands for patients whose mobility is restricted. Volunteers will be organised on a rota basis to cover the hours of 10am-4pm, but there may be opportunities to volunteer in the evenings and weekends as the project develops in the future.

In addition to the Trust volunteer induction there will be a compulsory half-day training session.

Administration and reception roles

  • Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) receptionist (Word 271Kb) – this team are responsible for advising and sorting out problems for our patients and their families. They are looking for mature, calm volunteers to be on their reception desk at St Thomas’ Hospital between 10am to 4pm, at least one half-day a week or more if possible. This is a very busy role and you will need to be able to deal with people who may be distressed.

Outpatient support

  • Cardiothoracic outpatient clinic (Word 139Kb) – this department would like two volunteers; one on a Wednesday and one on a Thursday from 1.30pm to 5pm. You will act as a greeter in the unit, complete surveys and help with enhancing the warm and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Cardiac outpatient clinic (Word 139Kb) – this department is looking for a volunteer to join their team on a Wednesday or Thursday, 1.30-5pm. You will be an integral part of the department in meeting and greeting patients, completing surveys and ensuring the warm and friendly atmosphere is maintained.
  • Haematology day unit (Word 142Kb) – two volunteers are needed to join the team to act as welcomers and give out patient surveys. They would need to be able to volunteer on a weekday (Monday to Friday) from 10am to 3pm.

Cancer Centre

  • Welcomers and wayfinders (Word 155Kb) – ensure patients, their carers, relatives and visitors experience a warm welcome to the Cancer Centre and help them find their way around the building. Help cover day shifts Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm on a rota basis. Please note if you have received treatment for cancer, you need to be two years clear of treatment. If you have had a close bereavement due to cancer, this also needs to have been at least two years ago.

Evelina London Children's Hospital

  • Children's intensive care unit (PICU) (Word 157Kb) – this unit is looking for volunteers to join their established team of volunteers in the evenings and weekends. You will act as a receptionist but will also assist the staff in dealing sensitively with parents and carers visiting the unit. The team of volunteers are organised on a six week rota.
  • Pharmacy support assistants (Word 144Kb) – the Evelina London Children's Hospital pharmacy would like volunteers to assist the team with receiving and dispensing prescriptions, admin duties and keeping the department organised.  More than one volunteer is needed for this role and you will need to be able to volunteer on a weekday from 10am to 2pm.

Queen Mary's Hospital Cancer Centre

  • Information and support centre volunteer (Word 191Kb) – offer information and support to patients attending our satellite Cancer Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Kent. Please note this role is for the centre in Sidcup, Kent.

Community volunteers

KHP Biobank Cancer Programme

  • Biobank Consent Takers (Word 58Kb) – the KPH Biobank Consent team are looking for volunteers to join them to help with taking consent from patients for their tissue to be taken and used for research purposes. This is a specialised role with additional training and would particularly suit those studying or having completed a Biomedical, Nursing or Medical Degree, or for those retired from a clinical career. You will need to be 20 years old or over and be able to commit to the role for at least four hours once a fortnight for a year. There will be two half-day training sessions which you will need to complete before you can commence volunteering.

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How to apply 

Find out how to apply for one of our volunteering roles.

Volunteers' policy

Read our Trust volunteers' policy (PDF 34.6Kb) about how we recruit and manage our volunteers.