Could you volunteer? Maybe as a thanks for treatment you or a loved one has received?

Our volunteers are a vital part of our hospital. Between them, our dedicated team contribute hundreds of hours of their time to ensure we can continue to offer the very best patient care.

Every hour of volunteering you can give makes a positive difference to our staff, patients and services. 

There are a number of ways in which you can help as a volunteer:

  • Admin support
  • Representative at patient and carer groups

A meet and greet volunteer helps create a friendly, welcoming and helpful environment in the main reception areas of Royal Papworth Hospital. They offer directional advice and practical assistance as required by patients and visitors, in collaboration with other ‘front of house’ staff.

A Patient Safety Partner (PSP) is a volunteer who is actively involved in how we learn from patient safety events. They will help to ensure that the people who use our services are at the heart of our learning and improvement by contributing to the development of the safety culture and patient safety systems.

The purpose of the Pharmacy volunteer role is to support the smooth-running of the pharmacy. This will be under the direct supervision of the pharmacy staff.

The purpose of a quality assurance reviewer is to assist the Trust’s internal quality assurance process by supporting patient focused self-assessments of the CQC Fundamentals of Care regulations. This will involve visiting inpatients to gain opinions on the care and treatment they receive at Royal Papworth Hospital.

The purpose of a ward visitor is to offer our patients extra support and companionship. As some patients do not have visitors of their own and some do not want to 'bother' nursing staff, it can lead to them becoming quite isolated. Having someone to spend a little time with can help to improve a patient's experience and make them feel more at ease. Ward visitors also assist ward staff to help make the patients' mealtimes as enjoyable as possible. They support the patient with activities offered on the ward and support the patients with giving their feedback via the iPad.

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Meet some of our volunteers

As well as learning new skills, you can help to support the running of the UK's leading heart and lung hospital. That could be by assisting staff, giving feedback on various forums and groups to allow us to continuously improve the care we give, or helping the running of services.


Patient Support

Paul in a pink shirt with a patient wearing a grey vest, holding each others arms and smiling.

Paul has provided invaluable support to many of our pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) patients throughout their journey, such as Debbie (above). As someone who had PEA surgery in 2016, he talks to any patients considering the operation, answering any and all questions, either in person or over the phone.

He also spends time in our atrium, greeting patients as they arrive to help guide them to where they need to go. He also uses this as an opportunity to visit any of the PEA patients with whom he has spoken while they are on the ward recovering after their operation. 

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Val and Pauline


Two people standing either side of a cabinet full of boxes of medicines and drugs.

Val and Pauline have made a huge difference to the workload in our dispensary. They answer the phone and the dispensary hatch and log the work onto our tracking system. All things that seem small but they make a big impact when the pharmacy dispensary workload is high as it means the team can concentrate 
on outpatients and safe discharges with fewer distractions.

Volunteer Resources


If you would like more information or details on how you can apply please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Team, who will be able to advise you.

Tel: 01223 638896 | 01223 638963

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