Volunteering

Volunteer at patient's bedside

Volunteers provide practical help to patients and visitors, complementing the work of paid staff across the Trust. They do not carry out (or shadow) clinical work or do work experience.

From April 2019 to March 2020, volunteers gave 35,000 hours of their time and interacted with over 148,000 patients and visitors. King's Volunteers are not directly involved in patient care but help provide extra support. They come from all walks of life and represent the diversity of the communities that we serve. All are dedicated to making our hospitals a little friendlier and more comfortable for everyone.

Our volunteers are based at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Bromley, and Orpington Hospital.

Meet our volunteers

The best way to find out about volunteering at King's is from our volunteers:

Who can volunteer?

We’re looking for confident and enthusiastic people who are aged at least 16.

You need to be able to display some key personal qualities, such as empathy and the ability to listen and observe. You also need to be reliable, a self-starter, and show initiative and attention to detail.

We ask you to give us at least four hours of your time a week. Please consider whether you can realistically fit this commitment in with your other responsibilities.

Volunteer roles

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the volunteer service is supporting in a number of roles across the hospital depending on the priorities of the Trust and the needs of patients, visitors and staff.

Duke of Edinburgh award

Duke of Edinburgh - Approved Activity Provider logo

We are a Duke of Edinburgh award (DofE) Approved Activity Provider. This means young people completing the DofE award can count time spent volunteering at the Trust towards the volunteering part of their DofE award.

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. To apply to volunteer at one of our hospitals, click on one of the links below, which will take you to our online application portal.

It will take about 20 minutes to complete the application. You will not be able to save the application, so you will need to finish it in one go. Please choose one site to volunteer at and submit one application only.

King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill) volunteer form

Princess Royal University Hospital or Orpington Hospital volunteer form

Further queries

For queries about volunteering at King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill:

Email: kch-tr.volunteers@nhs.net
Tel: 020 3299 5510

For queries about volunteering at Princess Royal University Hospital or Orpington Hospital in Bromley:

Email: kch-tr.VolunteerPRUH@nhs.net
Tel: 01689 863711