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Volunteering is open to anyone who is aged 16 and over who meets the requirements of the NHS Employment Check Standards.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer short-term volunteering opportunities; the minimum commitment that we ask for is 12 months, during which volunteers undertake one session of two to four hours a week.

You can find out more in our booklet, available around our sites and online:

Your Guide to Volunteering 2022/23

Our hospices, volunteer radio stations and the League of Friends are also very happy to receive applications.

Their contact details are shown below:

What volunteers do

Volunteers assist in all our hospitals and make all the difference to our patients during their stay; they are also enormously helpful to our staff and a valuable part of the hospital team.

Working as a hospital volunteer can help you learn important new skills, find out about healthcare, meet new people and contribute to your local community.

Hospital volunteers help with activities such as:

  • assisting on help desks and as hospital guides - greeting patients and visitors
  • serving in cafeterias and tea bars
  • supporting staff in non-clinical areas
  • hospital radio
  • gardening.

We regret that, at present, we are unable to offer any volunteering opportunities with children, in Maternity or on wards.

You will be provided with an application form to complete and return. We will then invite you for an informal telephone interview to discuss your application further.

Unfortunately, we are unable to respond regarding work experience placements - please see the contact information below.

Contact us

Before you can become a volunteer, you will need to complete some checks in line with the NHS Check Standards. These include a health screen, references and a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Voluntary Services Office


Our aim is to respond to your enquiry within five working days.

Foundation Trust membership

Would you like to become more involved with the Trust? If so, become a 'Member'. Membership is free and there is no commitment required.

Foundation Trust online membership form

Work experience

Please visit:

Work experience


OUH Cowley
First Floor, Unipart House Business Centre
Garsington Road
Oxford OX4 2PG

Tel: 01865 740345

Last reviewed:09 June 2023