Recruitment process

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Bernard - Volunteer

The recruitment process can take between 8 -12 weeks before you actually start in your new role, although this is only an average time scale. The process may be shorter or longer depending on factors outside of our control, such as receiving references, DBS checks, occupational health screening and induction dates.

To ensure we match your needs, skills and experience with the right role, we must carry out a thorough process to find out who you are, what you can offer and what you want to get out of your volunteering journey. 

All volunteers must go through these necessary checks prior to starting a placement.


The first step in volunteering at LNWH is to complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form. Please see How to Apply for further information. 


Please arrange for two references to be supplied from people who have known you for one year or more, one of whom should be in a professional capacity.  Please see How to Apply for further information.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the Reference Request Forms are forwarded to your referees and returned to us.


All application forms will be reviewed for shortlisting.  Depending on the role you could be invited to attend either a one-to-one or group interview. This will give both parties the opportunity to learn more about the role and volunteering at LNWH.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Volunteers are required to undergo the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) appropriate for their role. If successful, this will be online with Voluntary Services. You will be advised beforehand which documentation you will need to bring with you

Occupational Health

Volunteers will be asked to complete a work health questionnaire which may require attending an appointment with Occupational Health.


When all the above clearances have been made, you will be invited to a Volunteer Induction day at the relevant site. The Induction Programme provides all of the mandatory and statutory training required to ensure that you are sufficiently able to undertake your role in a healthcare setting.

Placement Induction

Once the recruitment process is complete you will be invited to a placement meeting to complete the final documents (Volunteer and Confidentiality Agreements) and to be introduced to your placement supervisor. This will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about your role.

ID Badge

All Trust volunteers will be issued with an ID badge, lanyard and uniform which will easily identify you as a volunteer. The Voluntary Service Office will take you through the process during your placement meeting.


You will receive any necessary training by your supervisor in relation to the volunteer role and the department where you will be based.