Volunteer patient programme

Would you like to contribute to the education of our future doctors and nurses?

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust are looking for patient volunteers to give a little of their time to be involved in the education of our healthcare professionals.

We would be really grateful if you would allow our students to talk to, examine and learn from you about the care that you are receiving and how your illness impacts on your life and your family. This would allow our students to learn from your experience of illness and is a vital contribution to our medical training programmes.

Who can be a volunteer patient

We are looking for adults of any age with an illness or disability.

How often you would need to volunteer

You could volunteer as much or as little as you wish. As a volunteer patient you will be asked to fill out an information form regarding your health and sign a consent form. Your details will be kept on a secure database and you will be invited to attend suitable sessions at your convenience. 

We particularly need patients to be involved in the assessment of our students, at various stages in their training programmes, which would require your participation for a half or full day each time. Our busiest time of the year is spring into early summer. 

No diagnosis or treatment

These learning sessions would be entirely independent of your usual clinical care and would not involve any diagnosis, advice or treatment.

Transportation and parking

Transportation can be arranged and paid for but if you prefer to drive yourself, your parking fee will be reimbursed.

Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

How to get involved

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer patient, or require any further information regarding the programme, please contact:

  • Sarah Wilding
    Volunteer patient programme coordinator
    Mailpoint 210
    Southampton General Hospital
    Tremona Road
    S016 6YD
  • 023 8120 6487
  • sarah.wilding@uhs.nhs.uk