No, we need to ensure patient safety so there are a number of processes that need to be completed before you can start.
On the application form we ask you to provide us details of people who can provide a reference for you. They should not be family or friends and ideally they should know you in a professional capacity for example employer, teacher or tutor.
All volunteers are required to undergo a police check. We will ask you to complete a form which is sent off to the Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS).
When they have completed the police checks a certificate will be sent to your home address. We do not receive a copy of this certificate so you will need to provide us with a copy for our records. We are unable to accept DBS certificates from other organisations.
Occupational health screening
All volunteers will need to undergo occupational health screening.
Initially this is a form which you complete and send back to our occupational health team. Once this form is assessed, they will let you know if you are fit to volunteer, or arrange an appointment for you if you need further checks.