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Patients & Visitors - Volunteering at the RD&E

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The RD&E has almost 300 volunteers supporting the Trust in a variety of ways from providing a trolley shop service to supporting staff in the clinical environment.Volunteers contribute to positive patient experience by providing services in support of frontline clinical/nursing staff.




Have you considered becoming an RD&E volunteer?

Volunteers make a real difference to both staff and patient experience and play an important role in the everyday hospital life at the RD&E.


Volunteers need to work well in a team, be friendly, sociable and enjoy meeting people.


Photo of radio volunteerThere are many different opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. The Trust works with many partner organisations who depend on volunteers to function, and they are always looking to recruit new members. These include:


The Trust is also looking to recruit hospital volunteers not affiliated to other organisations and want to increase the number of ward based volunteers and ‘meet and greet’ volunteers.


Please visit the Volunteer Vacancies page for more information.


photo of Chaplaincy volunteerIf you enjoy working with a mix of people, want to give something back to the community or want to get more involved with your local hospital then becoming a volunteer is a fantastic opportunity.


You must be over 16 years old and you must attend a trust induction session and mandatory training.


You will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check. These checks are undertaken if working with vulnerable adults or children and apply to all volunteers and employees working within the hospital.


You will also have to ensure that you are up to date with routine immunisations such as MMR, tetanus, diphtheria and polio and will need to provide evidence of immunity to chickenpox and your TB status. This information can be obtained from your GP or Practice nurse.

If you are interested in volunteering at the RD&E please leave a message on 01392 402080 or email:


Updated 29 June 2018