The RNOH believes that volunteers can make a big contribution towards enhancing our services and improving patient experience. Volunteers can bring a variety of skills, experiences, and enthusiasm, and the Trust offers many meaningful and valuable roles.

The majority of our volunteer roles will not require previous experience or specific skills as training and induction will be given. Aptitude and the willingness to learn are what we are looking for!

Unfortunately, until further notice, we are no longer accepting applications from under 18 year olds due to the volume of applications we have recently received.

We have a variety of patient facing and administration roles available for volunteers aged 18+

  • Patient Involvement Volunteer to work with the Development team on LOS (Length of Stay), eReferrals and theatre utilisation projects. Volunteers need to be existing or ex-patient with some management experience. Forward thinking and with well formulated and balanced views, this could be a challenging but rewarding role. Read the Patient Participation Liaison Volunteer advert.
  • Radio Brockley – our very own multi-award winning hospital radio service, which has served the RNOH since 1966, is looking for committed and enthusiastic volunteers.  To find out more see the Radio Brockley advert, or check out their website www.radiobrockley.org
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bolsover Street Volunteers under the supervision of nursing staff assisting in errands, escorting patients and supporting patients and children in the waiting area. Bolsover Street Support Volunteer
  • LSCIC Patient Buddy Volunteer to support patients in developing their independence after life changing injuries. LSCIC Patient Buddy Volunteer Advert
  • LSCIC Garden Volunteer will make a valuable contribution to the upkeep and appearance of the LSCIC garden and elsewhere LSCIC Garden Volunteer advert
  • Outpatient Support Volunteers assist, escort and direct visitors and patients, providing information about facilities and services (at both our Stanmore and Bolsover Street sites).
  • Patient Group Volunteers advocate the patient voice and provide feedback through ward liaison, inspections and Board reports.
  • Other Charity and Volunteer Liaison Support - the RNOH supports other charities and voluntary organisations operating on its Stanmore site. Find out more via our Other Services page.

These are just some of the volunteer roles currently offered at the RNOH – new opportunities are being developed regularly.

We are proud of our diverse community of volunteers who each have a unique background of skills and life experience. This diversity has enabled us to provide specialist services to patients including arts and craft therapy, photography workshops, and guided meditation sessions. If you have a specialist skill that could benefit our patients and/or staff, we would love to hear from you (we are particularly keen to hear from hairdressers and beauty therapists).

Speak to one of our friendly team today about how we can match your skills and experience to the perfect volunteer role!

As a volunteer with the RNOH you will benefit from the following:

  • Opportunity to volunteer at one of the leading specialist orthopaedic hospitals in the world
  • Improve the experiences of our patients and visitors
  • Gain skills and practical experience working with people
  • Structured and relevant training for the role
  • References provided upon completion of four consecutive months of volunteering
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses
  • Uniform provided.

How long does it take to apply?

We aim to have responded to your initial enquiry within 48 hours. The whole recruitment process takes between 2-4 weeks depending on your availability and successful DBS checks. The recruitment process includes an application form, interview, occupational health clearance, DBS clearance and a 3 hour induction.

Why do you have a selection process?

While we appreciate all offers of help that we receive, not all roles are suitable for everybody wishing to volunteer. Some roles require particular skills or personalities, whilst others may have a limited number of places available. We will always try to help an applicant find a role, but in some cases we might not have something suitable.​​​​​​​

Do volunteers recieve training?

We give you an induction as part of our recruitment process. Further in-department training will be given as required.​​​​​​​

Can I arrange work experience at the RNOH?

Volunteer Services do not organise work experience. Please email rnoh.workexperience@nhs.net for information on work experience opportunities.​​​​​​​

Do you take volunteers younger than 18?

Our minimum age is 18 for volunteering. However, we are always looking for schools to get involved in fundraising projects to support The RNOH Charity – if you have an idea for how your school could get involved, please contact rnoh.fundraising@nhs.net

We are also looking for young RNOH patients aged between 12-18 to join our Youth Forum to help make improvements to Children’s Services at the hospital, please contact rnoh.volunteering@nhs.net for more information.

Do you reimburse expenses?

The RNOH will reimburse out-of-pocket travel expenses on production of a receipt. This does not apply to volunteers using travel cards bought for other purposes (such as normal commute to work). Please be aware that parking on site is limited, and that the RNOH runs a free courtesy car service departing from Stanmore Station 15 minutes between 06:00 and 20:45. Volunteers are encouraged to make use of this service. If coming from Edgware or Elstree, please use the 107 bus.

Volunteer out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 25 miles round trip.

I have professional skills and experience i wish to offer, can I volunteer?

We welcome general enquiries from professionals with specific skills. Please contact Volunteer Services to discuss potential opportunities.​​​​​​​

We are looking for corporate volunteering opportunies, can you offer this?

We occasionally have single projects that would be ideally suited for businesses and organisations looking for day-long volunteering activities. For more information, please see our Corporate and Community Involvement pages.

For more information, please contact us at:

Volunteer Services Office
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Brockley Hill

Email: rnoh.volunteering@nhs.net
Tel: 020 8909 5394

  1. Take a look at our current volunteering opportunities (listed above).
  2. Read our Volunteer Recruitment Guide for information about the recruitment process
  3. Click the button below to apply for a volunteer role. You will be redirected to our online application system called Better Impact.

The Trust is committed to ensuring equality and diversity in its voluntary services and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities. Please note: We only accept applications from those aged 18+ years.


Contact Volunteer Services

For more information or to request a role description and application form, please contact the team at:

Volunteer Services
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Brockley Hill

Email: rnoh.volunteering@nhs.net
Tel: 020 8909 5394