Peter Brookes: actor and volunteer

Northfield’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is seeking volunteers with various skills, from actors to helpers to gardeners!

Whatever your talents, there is a volunteering post to suit you.

Actor Peter Brookes volunteers as a ‘simulated patient’, being examined by fourth year medical students in simulated scenarios and providing feedback.

Peter, who has appeared in Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Shaun of the Dead, said: “I really enjoy helping people. It’s great encouraging young doctors to improve and help give them confidence. I find it very rewarding. We have a lot of fun too – all the volunteers get on really well together.”


Peter being 'examined' by a medical student
Peter being ‘examined’ by a medical student

Other volunteering opportunities available include:

  • Ward helpers – making sure patients have drinks and biscuits when they need them.
  • Patient survey helpers – supporting patients share their views on the care they receive.
  • Clerical workers – supporting the hospital by doing simple administrative tasks.
  • iPad users – to support patients filling out online questionnaires.
  • Gardeners – to help us maintain the beautiful grounds we have here in Northfield.
  • Greeters – to welcome new patients to the hospital in Outpatients and help them find their way to the right place.

Volunteer co-ordinator Gail Booth said: “Volunteering is a great way to expand your skills, meet new people, and help others. Here at the ROH we have a fantastic group of volunteers, and we’d love to welcome more to the team. Volunteers make a huge contribution to our work and we offer full training and support, and can be flexible with hours and days worked.”

If you are interested in volunteering at the hospital, contact Gail on 0121 685 4226 or gail.booth@nhs.net



  1. I am interested in becoming a volunteer. I am also wondering if this could possibly lead to a job at some point in the future . Thank you .


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