Volunteers play an important role at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, placed alongside staff, services users and carers in a variety of different areas. Our volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we really value the different skills, outlooks and experiences that they bring to the organisation.  

Volunteers provide non clinical support to our patients, their relatives and visitors to our hospitals. Volunteers do not provide (or shadow) clinical work and volunteering is different to going on a work experience placement. If you are looking for a work experience placement please click here.

Unfortunately the volunteer office is unable to deal with work experience or university/college placement requests.  

If you would like to volunteer your time and skills, we would be delighted to hear from you. Below are some details about the areas in which volunteers can become involved:

Please note - your application will not be considered if you do not indicate which role you are applying for.

 

Volunteering opportunities
 

Horticulture & Construction Volunteer – Spinney Meadow – Wells Road Centre

The Wells Road Centre is a low secure unit which delivers intensive, comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment and care for patients who demonstrate challenging and harmful behaviour in the context of a serious mental disorder. They require the provision of appropriate security underpinned by the principles of rehabilitation and risk management. Whilst ensuring the safety and security of patients, staff and the public, The Wells Road Centre aims to provide a homely environment, which has occupational therapeutic and recreational opportunities and links with community facilities.

Spinney Meadow is an approximately three acre site within The Wells Road Centre, a low secure inpatient services for men and women. We have a small woodland area, an orchard, a large polytunnel, a paddock with goats, chickens, turkeys and rabbits. We run several groups throughout the week including horticulture, building projects, animal husbandry and a grounds maintenance group. We are passionate about sustainability and biodiversity and have won two national awards which we are very proud of.

The role involves working with patients and staff on the site to assist with animals, horticulture and construction projects e.g. planting, sowing, site maintenance and construction tasks

Spinney Meadow Volunteer.pdf [pdf] 83KB


Content Creator Volunteer – Trustwide

This role is to support the Involvement, Experience & Volunteering Team in creating articles, blogs, images or short videos to help the team promote and document ongoing projects and awareness campaigns. This will be shared mainly online via our blog, social media, website and wider Trust publications. It may involve attending meetings and events, speaking to staff, volunteers, carers and patients.

Locations:

  • Trustwide

Time commitment: Variable

Status: Currently available


Patient Experience Volunteer – Local Partnerships Division

This volunteer role is to support the hospital in obtaining feedback from patients, service users and carers more frequently regarding the experience that they have while attending Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, using handheld electronic devices to obtain information.

Locations:

  • Highbury Hospital, Nottingham
  • Millbrook Mental Health Unit, Mansfield
  • Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop
  • Rosewood Centre, Ollerton

Time commitment: Two hours per week, Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

Status: Currently available

Patient Experience Volunteer – Local Partnerships Division role information [pdf] 160KB

 

Patient Experience Volunteer – Forensic Services Division

This role is to support the Trust in obtaining feedback from patients, service users and carers more frequently regarding the experience that they have whilst attending Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in particular those who receive care from our high, medium, low secure hospitals and community forensic mental health services.

Locations:

  • Rampton Hospital, Retford
  • Wathwood Hospital, Doncaster
  • Arnold Lodge, Leicester
  • The Wells Road Centre, Nottingham

Time commitment: Two hours per week

Status: Currently available

Patient Experience Volunteer - Forensic Division role information [pdf] 612KB

 

Patient Experience Volunteer – Working Age Dementia (WAD) Team

This role is to support staff in obtaining feedback from patients, service users and carers more frequently regarding the experience that they have whilst attending Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in particular those who receive care from our Working Age Dementia Service.

Locations:

  • Highbury Hospital

Time commitment: Two hours per week

Status: Currently available

Patient Experience Volunteer WAD Team role information [pdf] 605KB
 

Involvement volunteering opportunities
 

What is Involvement volunteering? 
 

Attending staff meetings to represent the views of patients, families and carers

This role is all about representing the views of service users/patients, their families and carers, as someone with lived experience themselves, in staff meetings.

Location:

  • Various

Time Commitment: Long term commitment required, likely to represent two hours per week

Status: Currently available

Attending Trust meetings role information [pdf] 246KB

 

Involvement Interview Team

Sitting on interview panels as a service user or carer and interviewing new staff.  Ensuring that patient voice is represented in the Trust’s recruitment process and that we recruit for the right values and attributes.

Location:

  • Various locations across Trust sites

Time Commitment: Varies depending on demand

Status: Currently available

Involvement Interview Team role information [pdf] 283KB

 

Service User/Carer Auditor

Compliance Assurance (CARe) Reviews whole review is like a mock Care Quality Commission visit. Volunteers are involved for part of it to audit.

Location:

  • Various

Time Commitment: Varies throughout the year. An audit can last between two hours and a full day.

Status: Currently available

Auditor role information [pdf] 283KB

 

Presenting your story at Trust staff Induction and Forensic Staff Induction

To present alongside staff from the Trust’s Involvement, Experience and Volunteering team at the monthly induction for new staff. To present either your personal story of being a service user or carer, or to talk about your role as a volunteer within the Trust. The staff inductions take place on the first Monday of every month.

Location:

  • Duncan Macmillan House and Rampton Hospital

Time Commitment: Two hours per month

Status: Currently available

Presenting your story role information [pdf] 245KB