How to Apply to Volunteer During COVID-19: Your NHS Needs You

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2020-04-08

Over 750,000 people have stepped forward to help the NHS fight COVID-19. At the moment, applications have been paused for processing but will reopen in the next few weeks. If you’d like to apply, here’s how.

In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can apply when/if the time comes again, what will be expected of you and hopefully answer questions you may have.

So firstly, you’ll need to head over to the NHS Volunteer Responders website and before you click the “JOIN US TODAY” button shown below on the screenshot, you’ll need to consider how you can help support the NHS.

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There are four types of support that the NHS is in need of, you can pick to do one or more of these support roles. Let’s take a closer look…

As a “community response volunteer” you will be expected to help the most vulnerable in self-isolation by delivering essential supplies such as medicines and food to the doorstep of their home.

A patient transport volunteer will drive a patient home who has been discharged after treatment. This role will require you to complete a DBS check.

An NHS transport volunteer involves delivering medical equipment, supplies and medicines between healthcare providers.

A check-in and chat volunteer is literally just that, contacting the most vulnerable self-isolation to give them over the phone support and comfort.

Once you have registered and have been approved you will have access to the active daily volunteer tasks via GoodSAM app. You can pick the tasks you want to do within your local area and mark them complete once done. The GoodSAM app allows you to display yourself as available so healthcare providers can request your assistance too. 

All volunteer roles will require a form of photographic identification but only the “patient transport volunteer” will require to complete a DBS check. All volunteers will receive a “Getting started pack” with information about social-distancing rules and other protective measures.

These volunteering roles are only available to those over 18, fit and without any coronavirus symptoms. At the moment, you can only volunteer to help fight COVID-19 through this official NHS campaign if you live in England.

For those who live in Scotland or indeed for everyone who doesn’t want to wait until the NHS reopens their volunteering applications, check your local council websites. Many councils are appealing for extra support during this uncertain time and don’t forget charities such as the Redcross, St John Ambulance and many other charities are in desperate need of volunteers too.

To keep up-to-date with the latest news on how the COVID-19 pandemic may influence your medical school admissions visit and bookmark our Live Updates: COVID-19 and Medical School Admissions page

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In the meantime, keep yourself and others safe and always follow the guidelines. Let’s pull together, stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.

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