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


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

Become a lay partner

At Imperial College Healthcare, a lay partner is a member of a project or programme who regularly attends meetings about strategic issues at the Trust, offers feedback and collaborates with Trust clinicians and managers to implement projects. This includes working in specific services and specialties as well as working on Trust-wide programmes.

Lay partners are asked to commit to attending regular meetings – usually once a month. Meetings are currently held during business hours. We usually distribute some reading materials prior to and following meetings to give you a working knowledge of the project at hand.

Lay partners have been involved in: 

  • developing the Trust's membership programme
  • providing feedback about the development of new services
  • consulting on the proposed developments at St Mary's Hospital

Lay partners are reimbursed for reasonable travel via public transport.

If you want to learn more about lay partnership, email to set up an informational interview.

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

Volunteer with Imperial Health Charity

The volunteering programme run by Imperial Health Charity offers a variety of volunteer roles, including: 

  • hospital hosts, who welcome patients and visitors to our hospitals and help them find their way
  • patient activity volunteers, who spend time talking with patients on the wards and helping them with activities such as drawing and painting sessions
  • shop and cafe volunteers who serve customers and operate tills

Imperial Health Charity also has a handful of specialist roles, including art volunteers who help manage the charity's extensive art collection.

Applicants for volunteering roles are asked to commit to giving a few hours a week for at least six months. Our volunteers are reimbursed for reasonable travel via public transport and some refreshments – our team can provide more information.

To apply to become a volunteer or to learn more about volunteering opportunities, visit Imperial Health Charity’s website.

Give your time from home

If you want to give your time to the Trust but cannot attend regular meetings, consider joining one of our reference groups to provide feedback from home:

  • the patient communications reference group provides feedback via email about letters to patients, web content and more patient communications
  • the digital reference group provides feedback and guidance via email about digital initiatives at the Trust, including the Care Information Exchange

Email to register your interest in these groups. 

Events, projects and 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 think you could use your unique personal or professional experience to help shape our services and the way we run our hospitals, but you don’t see an opportunity here, email to register your interest. Our team will arrange an informational interview with you and match you with opportunities as and when they arise.

You can also sign up for our membership update to find out about news and events at our hospitals.