Applying to be a volunteer

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a volunteer within NHS Lothian.
The NHS recognises values and supports the diverse role of volunteer involvement within its many settings. It is committed to ensuring that volunteers’ duties complements the work of staff, that it will not be used as a substitute for paid work and that volunteer roles are clearly defined.
Recruitment of volunteers is from a variety of cultural backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences; we welcome applications from anyone in the general public. Volunteers play an important part within the NHS.
The minimum requirements  for volunteering with NHS Lothian are:
  •          Over 16  or over 18 if you want to volunteer at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children
  •          Willing to commit a minimum of 2 hours/week for  6 months.
Volunteers must complete NHS Lothian induction and training.
The recruitment process (which involves PVG (Disclosure Scotland) and Occupational Health clearance) takes approximate 6 weeks from interview date.
An application form has to be completed, along with an equal opportunities form. Please return to the area you think you would like to volunteer in - details below. On receipt of these you will be invited to attend an informal interview. As part of Disclosure Scotland requirements we ask that you bring along to interview:
  •          Photographic Identification – Passport, Driving Licence
  •          Birth Certificate – for completion of section B12 to B19
  •          Utility Bill or Bank Statement – showing your current address
  •          National Insurance Number
At interview we will discuss and agree the types of volunteering that may be suitable. Following this and on return of Disclosure Scotland and Occupational Health paperwork we would then proceed to the NHS Lothian Induction Programme, then introduction to staff/volunteers and orientation to your area of volunteering.
Please return your forms to the area that you are interested in volunteering in. The Volunteer Service Manager will then contact you about interview arrangements
Denise Claxton
Area of Responsibility
Acute, Childrens Services – RHSC, Sunndach and Calareidh Houses
Agnes McKenna
Area of Responsibility
West Lothian – St John’s, St Michaels, Tippethill, Maple Villa, 21 Health Centres and Clinics and the West Lothian Community Projects.
Diane Lockhart
Area of Responsibility
Acute, Adult Services – Royal Infirmary, Western General, Royal Victoria, Liberton, Eye Pavilion, Lauriston Building
Jackie Kilburn
Area of Responsibility
Primary Care - Edinburgh Community Health

Last Reviewed: 03/10/2016