If you are hoping for a career in the NHS, take it from these volunteers that it is truly possible following your volunteering with us and with the volunteering team supporting your professional development every step of the way.
Matthew joined the Trust in May 2020 and completed over 1,000 hours of volunteering before securing a full-time permanent position as a bank HCA at our rehabilitation hospital and securing a permanent position as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA).
Having started volunteering in April 2020, Jodie spent most of her time supporting our acute renal ward. She went on to join the bank in February as an HCA and has recently secured a permanent position on the ward she volunteered on.
Charleen joined the Trust as a volunteer in April 2020; she secured a position as a Bank HCA and, more latterly, a substantive post. She is due to start nurse training in September.
When Elizabeth started volunteering in May 2020, she was still at school in year 11. With her school closed, Elizabeth – who dreamed of becoming a paramedic – put her spare time to good use and regularly volunteered for 12-hour shifts on our acute stroke. Elizabeth joined the bank as an HCA in January 2021.
Mike volunteered over 700 hours since he joined the Trust in April 2020. Having volunteered at West Park Hospital, Mike has joined the bank as an HCA with the support of the ward and the volunteering team, and he continues to volunteer alongside his bank shifts.
Lewis started volunteering in June 2020 after finding time on his hands with school closure. Lewis has volunteered on our acute stroke ward, often working 12-hour shifts, and he became a bank HCA at the start of this year. He has now secured a place at university to study paramedic science.
Adrian, a hairdresser with a salon, joined the Trust as a Clinical Volunteer during our second cohort in January 2021 when his salon was closed due to covid restrictions. He regularly supported our vaccination hub in a patient flow role – he has since joined the bank as an admin assistant at the vaccination hub he previously volunteered on.
Katie started volunteering at RWT in April 2020 while in year 11 at school. She volunteered on our acute stroke ward, often undertaking 12-hour days. With the support of the ward and volunteering team within Patient Experience, she has now secured a position as an HCA on our staffing bank.
We are so incredibly proud of them all!
Volunteering at RWT means that you will gain fantastic experience of working alongside healthcare professionals, gaining knowledge and skills to equip you for your future.
Here is how we champion your development
- Encourage you to take on the National Volunteer Certificate
- Promote our RWT Employability Award to you
- Rewards and Recognition
- Celebration events and award ceremonies
- Support you in your transition to Bank staff
- We will also provide references for you to support your future applications.