Strike action from Thursday 27 June to Tuesday 2 July 2024

Junior doctors at The Christie will strike from 7am on Thursday 27 June until 7am on Tuesday 2 July 2024.

We are proactively contacting patients with appointments that may be affected. If you have an appointment on any of these dates, please continue to come to The Christie and our other centres as planned, unless we contact you to tell you otherwise. Please do not call to check if your appointment is still going ahead.

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Return of volunteers to The Christie following the COVID-19 pandemic

The Christie is returning volunteers to pre-COVID 19 roles. This includes the renewal of mandatory training and DBS checks where expired.

We are also recruiting to the volunteer roles listed on our a Find a volunteer role page.

At The Christie, we treat more than 60,000 patients a year. Our volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the enhancement of patient experience and care and are regarded as an important part of The Christie team.

We need dedicated, caring and enthusiastic volunteers who have a passion for helping people and making a difference. We offer a range of meaningful volunteering opportunities within the hospital and The Christie charity, ranging from office support to recreational activities. 

Our volunteers do not undertake duties which might displace paid employees, but rather free up the time of paid staff and greatly enhance patients’ experience of The Christie by welcoming them and making them feel at ease.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • go through a thorough recruitment, selection and screening process to ensure that you are well placed, inducted, trained and supported
  • have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of patients
  • access training before you commence your volunteering placement
  • take part in an annual review with your line manager to check everything is going well
  • meet like-minded individuals
  • enhance your skills
  • have the opportunity to attend volunteer coffee mornings and annual events

Volunteer requirements

  • The minimum age for all volunteers is 16 – there is no upwards age limit, but you should be fit and well enough to complete the tasks outlined in your role description
  • We ask for a commitment of at least 6 months, completing at least one volunteer session per week

It is important to think carefully if you can commit your time for 6 months, particularly if you are applying to gain some experience and would like the Trust to confirm that you have carried this out. This is outlined in our Volunteer Agreement document which is signed by the volunteer at the time of recruitment.

You should also be happy to complete your mandatory training online before you start as outlined in our FAQs.

Volunteering is not the same as a work experience placement. None of our volunteers undertake medical or clinical work.

You can also apply to do an elective or work experience placement in medical and non-medical settings.

Last updated: March 2024