How you can get involved

How you can get involved

There are many ways you can be involved and use your skills and time to shape health and care services in Scotland. 

Volunteer with Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has a number of volunteering opportunities, one of which might be of interest to you. Involving people in our work is an integral part of what we do.  We listen to and learn from the experiences of patients, carers and members of the public to help inform what we do and how we do it.

You can get involved by:

  • becoming a Public Partner and providing an ongoing public perspective to our work developing guidelines and standards, sharing good practice and carrying out inspections. Public Partners are recruited throughout the year. You can find more information on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.
  • contacting your local engagement office to discuss opportunities to get involved with engagement work in your local area.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland will reapply for the Investing in Volunteers quality standard which recognises our commitment to our volunteers and acknowledges that we have the right processes in place to support those that volunteer with us.

Volunteering with your local NHS health board

You can also volunteer within your local area to support people in health and social care services. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities where you can put your skills and time to good use and make a difference to people's lives.  Look at some of our case studies, which focus on existing NHS Scotland volunteering roles to inspire you. 

To find out more about what opportunities are available, search online for your local NHS website or use the link below, visit your local Volunteering Centre or call your favourite charity.

Some NHS boards will advertise the volunteer roles that they have available whereas with others, you may need to enquire. Please note that some NHS boards may not have any opportunities at the time that you are looking. Either try again at a later date or look for other opportunities in your local area through Volunteer Scotland website.

Territorial Boards

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

NHS Borders

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

NHS Fife

NHS Forth Valley

NHS Grampian

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NHS Highland

NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lothian

NHS Orkney

NHS Shetland

NHS Tayside

NHS Western Isles

Special Boards

Golden Jubilee Hospital

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

NHS 24

NHS Education for Scotland

Public Health Scotland

NHS National Services Scotland

Scottish Ambulance Service

The State Hospitals Board for Scotland


The Volunteering in NHS Scotland programme supports the development of safe, effective, sustainable and person-centred volunteering programmes in all 22 health boards.

Last Updated: 11 February 2021