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


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 communication skills, learn about therapy techniques 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
  • supporting staff and patients on wards
  • volunteering in the hospital’s retail outlets

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

For general volunteer roles, applicants must be at least 18 years old. However, Imperial Health Charity also runs a Youth Volunteering Programme for those aged 16 to 25.

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.

To become a lay partner, please complete this simple form and send to IMPERIAL.INVOLVEMENT@NHS.NET

If you are under 18 and interested in becoming a lay partner, please complete this simple form and send to IMPERIAL.INVOLVEMENT@NHS.NET

Please note the you must be over 16 to become a lay partner.

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.

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.