Find out how you can volunteer your time at Imperial College Healthcare.

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There are several ways you can volunteer to help our hospitals.

Volunteer in our hospitals

Volunteers are a valued part of our NHS family and play an essential role in helping our hospitals do more for patients in our care across the Trust.

Pointing patients in the right direction, assisting staff or offering an ear to listen, volunteers are a helping hand to everyone who visits our hospitals.

Many of our volunteers take part to support their local community or to give back to hospital staff after experiencing outstanding care. Others get involved to develop their personal and professional skills or gain experience in a healthcare environment.

Imperial Health Charity manages volunteering on behalf of the Trust, offering a variety of roles within each of our hospitals. These include helping patients find their way, giving out information and supporting staff and patients on wards.

To find out more about the latest volunteering opportunities in our hospitals, visit Imperial Health Charity’s website.

Help shape our care through lay partnership

A lay partner joins a project and through collaboration offers feedback and asks questions to help to ensure our care is inclusive, kind and supports our patients and communities as much as possible. Lay partners work with Trust clinicians and managers to implement projects which can be either specific services or specialties or Trust-wide programmes.

Lay partners are asked to commit to attending regular meetings which are usually virtual and held during business hours. We particularly welcome lay partners from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds or underrepresented groups and reimburse lay partners for their time.

Lay partners have been involved in:

  • Helping shape our response to Covid-19
  • Inputting into our planning to focus on health inequalities
  • Consulting on the proposed redevelopment of St Mary's Hospital 

Registering your interest to be a lay partner

Please read our role and expectations framework document for lay partners.

If you would like to become a lay partner please download and complete the below form and email it to

  • Lay partner form (for over 18s)
  • Lay partner form (for under 18s)

Once completed please send the form to our email address Next step is an informal chat with someone from the involvement team.

Lay partner project opportunities

To see a list of our current lay partner project opportunities please click here.

More reading

Learn more about our patient and public involvement strategy, how we’re developing lay partnership, and meet our lay partners.

Additional opportunities 

Patient communications reference group

The patient communications reference group provides feedback via email about letters to patients, web content and more patient communications.

To find out more or to register your interest in this group please contact

Digital reference group

Many of us already use smartphones and computers to stay in touch with friends and family, do the shopping and book holiday. But using this technology to interact with our hospitals is still relatively rare. We are adopting some of these communication methods as part of our correspondence and seek input to get it right. 

The digital reference group provides feedback and guidance via email about digital initiatives at the Trust, including the Care Information Exchange.

Our digital reference group gives you the opportunity to influence how we use digital technology in healthcare and how we communicate and engage with our patients.

This group meets face-to-face every three months with virtual communication between meetings.

If you are interested in joining this group, please email Paul Harrison, electronic patient records communications manager.

Additional opportunities

In addition to the opportunities listed above, there are a number of small patient groups that help shape individual services, as well as some short-term project groups or events that may be of interest to you.

If you are interested in helping shape our services and the way we run our services, but you don’t see an opportunity here, email to register your interest.

Keep in touch – receive our e-newsletter Community Matters

You can also sign up for our e-newsletter to find out about news and events at our hospitals and ways to get involved.