Support the NHS

Support the NHS

The NHS plays an important role in all our lives.

Since the NHS was founded on 5 July 1948, it has always innovated and adapted to meet to needs of each generation. 75 years on, the NHS’s founding principles remain as relevant today as they were then. Despite the challenges, the public still overwhelmingly support having a national health service, and it is what makes our people most proud to be British. As we mark 75 years of the NHS, it is a time to celebrate our past, but more importantly, a time to think about a future where we continue to put patients first. We want to take this opportunity to thank all NHS staff and volunteers, past and present, who have made the organisation what it is.

As the service turns 75, we are reminding people about the many ways they can help and support the NHS.

Did you know that the NHS is one of the largest employers in the world? And with 1.3 million staff, it is the biggest employer in Europe. The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference.

The NHS employs clinical and non-clinical staff. Clinical staff include doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives and pharmacists. Examples of non-clinical include electricians, administration, porters, accountants and caterers.

You can enter the NHS whatever your background, previous work experience and qualifications. And once you are in the NHS, we’ll work with you to develop your career, and fulfil your potential.

veryone who joins the NHS is guaranteed a salary that matches their ability and responsibilities, and given every opportunity to increase it through training and development. On top of your basic salary, you will receive at least 27 days’ holiday each year, plus a range of other benefits including occupational health and counselling services. Other benefits of working in the NHS include membership of the NHS Pension Scheme (unless you choose to opt out) and study leave for sponsored courses.

We’re a trust that stands out in many ways as an employer. When you visit our hospitals, you can feel something special about the surroundings, the people and the culture.

We know just how important our employees are to what we do. So, we’ve worked hard to create a trust where you will know you are valued, respected and rewarded. There’s no better place to take your career forward, however you see your future.

Visit our careers website at to find out about our current vacancies, what we can offer you, and how you can excel, develop and progress your career with us.

You can also learn more about careers in the NHS, as well as social care and public health. Why not take this short quiz to find the NHS careers that best suit you.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation, sharing their time, compassion and expertise to support the NHS, charities, faith groups and communities. Why not join them as we mark 75 years of the NHS?

Volunteers have been integral to the NHS from day one and we’re looking forward to some exciting volunteering developments during this 75th year.

We have a professional, committed, and enthusiastic team of over 700 valued volunteers working across the trust. The possibilities for volunteers to get involved in the work of the trust are endless. Every single volunteer makes a positive difference to all who walk through our doors. We have volunteers across all 4 sites including Wexham Park, Frimley Park, Heatherwood and Farnham Hospital.

How do I get involved?

All potential volunteers must attend one of our information sessions held regularly at Frimley Park and Wexham Park hospitals throughout the year.

To attend please email as soon as possible with your name, email address, date and site you can attend and the site you would like to volunteer at. Please note, all volunteers must be aged 16 or over

We will present to you all the necessary information around volunteering. We’ll discuss the many volunteering roles available, the recruitment process and what you can expect as a volunteer. Each session lasts no more than an hour, and normally takes place in our lecture theatres in Frimley and Wexham Hospital (or virtually on Teams if required) Once you have attended a session you will be emailed a link through to our recruitment system. Only those who attend the session will have access to this so it is essential that you attend one of these sessions before being able to apply to be a volunteer.

Read about the job roles and ways you can volunteer at Frimley Health

Every day thousands of people’s lives are saved or improved thanks to the generosity of blood donors. But sadly, there are still lots of patients we can’t treat because we don’t have enough supplies. You can support the NHS in its 75th year by giving blood – there’s an urgent need for regular donors, so please help if you can.

Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments.

  • We need over 5,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England, which is why there’s always a need for people to give blood.
  • Each year we need 135,000 new donors, as some donors can no longer give blood. Most people aged between 17 and 65 can donate.
  • We specifically need 40,000 more Black donors to meet the growing demand for better-matched blood and treat conditions such as sickle cell disease. Sickle cell is more prevalent in people of Black heritage and ethnically matched blood provides the best treatment.

For Salome, who has to have red cell exchanges every 6 weeks, Ro subtype blood donors like Zamzam have helped to save her life.

For more information about giving blood, visit the blood donation website.

Organ donation is when you decide to give an organ to save or transform the life of someone else.

You could help save or improve up to nine lives in future by being an organ donor, and many more by donating tissue.

If you want to be an organ donor after you die, you can register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register. It’s also really important that you talk to your loved ones and make sure they understand and support your organ donation decision.

To find out more, please visit

Research has built the NHS we have today. Getting involved in healthcare research could help shape the NHS for the future, discovering life-saving treatments, uncovering the secrets behind diseases, and developing the answers to the problems causing ill health today.

As the NHS turns 75, you can help develop it for the future by getting involved in research. Every year, more than half a million people take part in health research. Patients and members of the public also help design research studies and advise what our priorities for future research should be.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is the research arm of the NHS, and works with patients, healthcare professionals and researchers to support healthcare research. As part of the NHS’ 75th birthday celebrations, we’re asking people to take part and shape research.

Take part in a clinical trial or study

Do you want to take part in a research study, either as a patient or a healthy volunteer? Ask your doctor, nurse, midwife or other healthcare professional about whether there is a trial or study that you could take part in. Visit and sign up to hear more about research in your area.

Shape research

You can help shape what research gets funded in England through NIHR’s patient and public involvement activities.

You can make a difference to health and care research by:

  • Telling us the questions you want health research to find the answers for
  • Reviewing research applications to make sure that researchers ask the right questions and in a way that the public understand
  • Helping to decide what research gets funded by NIHR’s decision making boards and panels.

Find out more about how you can get involved in research on the Be Part of Research website.

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