How to Apply

Volunteers

If you wish to apply to become a volunteer please register at patvolunteer.com and upload your volunteer information form.

Not every application is successful, if you haven’t had any correspondence from our team within 6 weeks of submission of your application then unfortunately you haven’t been selected. It is important that you provide us with as much relevant information as possible to support your reasons for volunteering.

How long does recruitment take?

The process can take between 6-12 weeks before you will be able to start volunteering. Also the recruitment process can be delayed by receiving your references and getting your police clearance.

Shortlisting

When we have received sufficient applications we will periodically close recruitment. Application forms are then shortlisted; if you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a short interview with the volunteer manager to ascertain your reasons for volunteering and your preference of volunteering role.

Interviews

You will have a face to face interview with the volunteer team this normally takes about 30 mins on a weekday and it is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to find out more about volunteering. If we decide you will be right for the role and you decide its right for you then we can start the process of checks that are required before you are able to start volunteering.

Checks

Before you are able to volunteer there are a number of compulsory checks that you will need to undertake.

  • Police Check – Disclosure And Barring (DBS) all volunteers are required to undergo a police check, the level such as a standard or an enhanced check will depend upon your volunteering role. When they have completed the check a certificate will be sent to your home address. We do not receive a copy of this so you will need to provide us with a copy for our records. We are unable to accept DBS certificates from other organisations.
  • References – We will ask you to provide us with two references on your application form. They should not be family members or close friends; ideally they should be someone who knows you in a professional capacity such as an employer, teacher, tutor, GP, or other health professional. We will send for these references if you are successful at interview.
  • Occupational Health Screening – All volunteers need to undergo an occupational health screening. You will be asked to complete screening forms which are then sent to the occupational health team. The team will assess these forms and they will invite you to attend a new starter appointment. At this appointment they will assess your immunisation history and may take a series of blood samples to check your immunisation levels. Following this they may offer you immunisations that are required for volunteering in a health care setting. Occupational health departments are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. If you don’t attend the occupational health assessment you will not be able to start volunteering.

Induction Training

All volunteers are required to attend a Trust welcome event. These are held at the Royal Oldham and Fairfield Hospital Bury at the education centres. The induction sessions are normally in the morning on a weekday. As part of your induction you will also be required to complete an e-Learning programme. You will not be able to start volunteering until you have completed all your induction training

Local induction

All volunteers when they have completed all there recruitment checks and training will be invited to meet with a member of the Volunteer Service Team and will be issued with their uniform, ID badge and parking permit if required. Then they will be allocated an area to start their volunteering role.