King’s Volunteers shortlisted for national healthcare award

For the second year running the King’s volunteering scheme has been recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ)

A group of King's volunteers

King’s Volunteers has been shortlisted for the prestigious HSJ awards in the Value and Improvement in Clinical Support Services category. The shortlisting recognises the difference that volunteers are making supporting our staff and patients.

Since 2011, the King’s volunteering scheme has grown from 120 volunteers to 1,700 across our three main hospital sites. Volunteers undertake a variety of different roles across wards and departments, complementing the role of staff.

The service has also expanded into the community around King’s with initiatives like ‘Hospital to Home’ where volunteers help patients settle in at home after they have been in hospital for a long time. The scheme has also set up the King’s Home Hamper service which has helped around 100 patients and their families by giving them a starter pack of non-perishable items if don’t have anything in their cupboards when they are discharged from hospital.

Katherine Joel, our Head of Volunteering, said: “I’m delighted we have been shortlisted for the HSJ awards. This is testament to the tremendous effort and hard work of all our volunteers and the commitment of staff to make King’s Volunteers such a success.”

Jane Walters, our Director of Corporate Affairs, who led the volunteers service re-design in 2011, said: “King’s Volunteers is working with staff to develop new ways that volunteers can help staff and patients across our hospitals, and the NHS as a whole.

"The team working between our staff and volunteers is key to the scheme’s success and ability to expand into new and innovative areas so it’s fantastic this has been recognised by the HSJ.”

The winners will be announced in September 2015 at the awards ceremony in London.

Those interested in volunteering at any of our hospitals should contact the King's volunteering office email or call us on 020 3299 4686.

Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our partnership brings together...

  • three of the UK’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts;
  • one of the top 30 universities in the world;
  • services provided over 225 locations, including seven hospitals and community and mental health centres;
  • 2.2 million patient contacts each year;
  • 31,000 staff;
  • 25,000 students;
  • a combined annual turnover of £2.8bn.

... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

3. At King’s College Hospital we fundraise for the best in treatment, research and health education, leading-edge equipment and improving well-being in our communities. By uniting doctors, nurses, researchers and academics with our supporters and volunteers we can provide the best patient care that goes above and beyond. Find out more and support us at