There are many ways that you can get involved in the Trust and support us in our work.
Give us your views
If you want to give your views, you can use the methods outlined in our We welcome your feedback section.
Join one of our involvement groups
You can also join one of our patient and public involvement groups. We have a number of groups that offer feedback and get involved by giving the patient perspective.
Volunteer with the Trust
This week marks the start of Volunteers Week and an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has given us a little bit of their spare time to help out our staff, patients and visitors.
We are really grateful to the many individuals and organisations who support much of what we do and currently have more than 700 volunteers providing a direct commitment in one way or another throughout our hospitals and in the community through the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Find out more about the volunteer roles available in the Trust that support and enhance the patient experience, and how to apply on the Careers section.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Volunteer Service and how volunteers can add value to your service, either come along to one of the following events, visit our volunteer webpage or email email@example.com
- Wednesday 1 June – Outside Medicinema, RVI
- Monday 6 June – NCCC, Freeman Hospital
- Wednesday 7 June – Outside Medicinema, RVI
Advising on the Patient Experience (APEX) Group
We recognise that some of the best ideas come from our patients, carers and local communities – after all, you are in an ideal position to tell us about and help us improve the quality of our services.
APEX is a group of patient representatives who work in collaboration with Trust staff, contributing the patient perspective; providing views, offering feedback and getting actively involved with project work that is of interest to them. Members often act as a critical friend to help ensure that we have robust processes and symptoms which are person centred.
APEX members are invited to get actively involved and offer support with large scale transformation of services and new developments as the opportunity arise.
We would welcome new members from all backgrounds, all you need is an interest in improving the patient experience.
For further information, please contact the Patient Experience Team on:
Telephone: 0191 2231382 or
Young Persons Advisory Group North East (YPAGne)
YPAGne is a group of young people aged between 11 and 18 who meet monthly to discuss paediatric research with a professional research team and work collaboratively on different projects.
It is an excellent way to make new friends, learn new skills, explore new activities and most importantly help shape the future of health care.
We know that involving young people in the development of research studies leads to better research for young people – we value your views and opinions and want to incorporate them into our work.
Your views and opinions will help influence research that is carried out within our local hospital and other services both regionally and nationally.
If you are interested in joining or want to find out more visit their website:
Follow on social media:
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ypagne
Instagram and Tik Tok @natteringwiththeNHS
Maternity Voices Partnership
The Newcastle Maternity Voices Partnership is for women who have recently, or are about to give birth at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
They work with our midwives and senior leaders to develop maternity services in Newcastle.
The Facebook group is a great way of getting in touch but you can also email them and follow them on Twitter.
Become a member or Governor
Our Governors act as guardians of the organisation by engaging with Trust Members, our patients and the public. They are the link between them and the Trust, and represent the wider public interest.
To find out more about becoming a Governor, see our Governors FAQs
You can contact your governor via email:
Alternatively you can call our Corporate Services office on:
Freephone: 0800 0150136