The John Radcliffe (JR) Hospital is always looking for volunteers to help support staff, patients and visitors in the hospitals. Becoming a volunteer can be very rewarding – even a few hours a week can be really valuable to patients.
Volunteering is open to anyone who is aged 16 and over and is subject to meeting the requirements of the ‘NHS Employment Check Standards’.
The League of Friends, Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice and volunteer radio stations such as Radio Cherwell are also very happy to receive applications.
Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice: SobellHouse@ouh.nhs.uk
Radio Cherwell: email@example.com
What does a hospital volunteer do?
Volunteers work in all JR hospitals and make all the difference to patients during their stay; they are also enormously helpful to staff and a valuable part of the hospital team.
Working as a hospital volunteer can help you learn important new skills, find out about healthcare, meet new people and contribute to your local community.
Hospital volunteers help with activities such as:
- Staffing help desks and greeting patients and visitors
- Visiting patients on wards and assisting them with meals and menus
- Serving in cafeterias and tea bars
- Supporting staff in non-clinical areas
- Hospital radio
- Working with the Chaplaincy team
- Working with library trolleys
Regretfully, at present, there are no volunteering opportunities with children.
Student volunteering on the wards
Applications are welcome from students aged 16 – 21 who would like to volunteer at the end of the school/college day.
How to become a volunteer
Contact the office at the John Radcliffe Hospital or Horton General Hospital. They will provide you with an application form to fill in. You will then be invited to go to the hospital and discuss the opportunities that are available.
Before you can become a volunteer you will need to be health screened, and references will be checked. If you will be working on the wards a criminal record check (CRB) will be needed.
The JR only offers volunteering opportunities for people living in Oxfordshire or within easy commuting distance of the hospitals, as accommodation cannot be arranged.
Please visit the Work experience page at the link below.
John Radcliffe Hospital: 01865 220140