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Getting You Started Guide - NHS Transport Volunteer

NHS Transport Volunteer

An NHS Transport Volunteer provides essential support across the different NHS services, helping get vital supplies to sites. In this role you may find yourself completing several deliveries to different locations.

What does an NHS Transport Volunteer do?

You’ll be carrying out a number of key transportation and delivery services, such as transporting equipment, supplies and medications between different NHS sites

You’ll be providing essential support in ensuring that NHS services are able to get vital equipment and medical supplies. This could include helping at NHS flu vaccination clinics to ensure the public are protected through winter.

You may also be transporting testing and medical sample kits, including:

  • Pulse oximeters.
  • Equipment, supplies and medications between different NHS sites.
  • Biological specimen kits and samples.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits and trial medications.

You can find more information in our guides for safely delivering biological specimen kits and delivering pulse oximeters.

Helping pharmacies deliver medication to patients

You’ll be helping pharmacies by delivering essential prescriptions and medications to those who may otherwise struggle to get them.

For those individuals with mobility issues, or who may be shielding or self-isolating due to coronavirus, this is a vital service.

Helping Local Resilience Networks

You’ll also be helping Local Resilience Networks with transportation and delivery of items such as food parcels.

A large number of families have found their income impacted by coronavirus, as such there’s been an increase in need for supporting food parcels.

You’ll be helping to deliver these parcels to households that are self-isolating or are unable to pick up these parcels themselves.

Our NHS Transport Volunteers play a vital role in the transportation of supplies and ensuring that NHS services and sites are equipped with the resources they need. Hygiene procedures will be very important in this role to ensure any risk of contamination is reduced.

Full guidance for getting you started

You can find a comprehensive guide to staying safe as an NHS Transport Volunteer by reading our Getting You Started Guide.  

Within the document, you will also find advice and guidance on the following topics:

  • Safeguarding
  • Keeping you safe
  • Reporting accidents and incidents

You can find out more about being an NHS Volunteer Responder in our FAQs and information to support you in your role in our facts sheets.

Print entire guide Page last reviewed: 19 January 2021
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