King's becomes Duke of Edinburgh Award provider

23 April 2019 - King’s has become just the second hospital Trust in the UK to become accredited

Young volunteer with a patient

The accreditation means that existing young volunteers at King's College Hospital and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) can use their hours toward the volunteering element of the DofE Award. Additionally, those looking to volunteer as part of their DofE Award can choose to do this at King's or the PRUH, something they may not have considered previously.

Young people who volunteer at the Trust - particularly at the PRUH where there are fewer younger volunteers - can do so in a range of different settings and roles. These include helping patients at mealtimes on wards, guiding patients and visitors around the hospital, and assisting with administration in office areas.

Nikki Ansari, 17, from Ruislip, has been volunteering for two months at King’s College Hospital. Nikki, who is keen on pursuing a career as a pharmacist said, “I began volunteering as I wanted to gain some valuable experience in a hospital environment. I really enjoy helping the patients and making them feel comfortable – it’s really rewarding. You get to meet interesting people that you might not interact with ordinarily. I help at mealtimes and bring patients newspapers and magazines to read. It’s nice to chat to them and try and make their hospital stay a positive experience. If there are any younger people thinking about volunteering at the PRUH I’d advise them to try it.”

Young people completing the DofE programme who wish to volunteer at King's or the PRUH have to be at least 16 years old and commit to completing a minimum of three hours of volunteering each week for at least six months.

Petula Storey, Head of Volunteering at King’s said, “Being an accredited Duke of Edinburgh Award provider is a great step forward for our volunteering programme. We already have a number of wonderful young volunteers who make a big difference in our hospitals, and we hope this new accreditation will encourage even more young people to get involved.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities at the PRUH can email or phone on 020 3299 4223 or apply online at

For further information please contact:
Karen Welsh
Head of Communications
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 3850

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