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Volunteering Abroad

CMFT Abroad

"There are many people in our eight hospitals who have been spending time helping in lots of ways in parts of the world where the people have so little and where we can do so much. Despite our economic pressures we are so fortunate and I know many of you have got so much out of work like this, as well as making a major contribution to the lives of others."

Steve Mycio


Volunteering Abroad


Our Trust has been involved in raising awareness of the benefits of volunteering abroad for a number of years. Staff from various disciplines and professional background have been supported in sharing their knowledge and experience with hospitals all over the world, particularly those in developing countries, those affected by conflict, and areas affected by natural disasters. The programme works to ensure that staff, patients and students, both at the Trust and overseas, benefit from increased skills and understanding that is gained from worldwide health partnerships and links.

Our aims are achieved by staff giving their time and expertise - voluntarily and in their own time.

Human Resources Support

Staff considering volunteering abroad should contact their line manager, in the first instance, who will direct them to the appropriate guidelines and supporting application documentation (which includes general principles and application criteria).

Occupational Health

The department does not have a direct input into a specific scheme but occasionally carries out vaccinations and can refer you to various schemes.


Volunteers would need to ensure they take out their own personal insurance and medical indemnity as Trust insurance only covers those carrying out work on behalf of the Trust.

Charitable Funds Support

The Charitable Funds Committee of the Trust has agreed to establish a small fund which anyone who is planning to volunteer abroad can apply to. The application will be considered to ensure it fulfils Charitable Funds guidance. Although the amounts that may be offered will be relatively small, they can go some way to supporting volunteering.

New Guidelines & Application Form (Autumn 2015) currently available from Mr Alwyn Hughes, Director of Corporate Services/Trust Secretary at Victoria.Hellowell@cmft.nhs.uk

Other Useful links


Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Teaching-aids at low cost

Case Studies

Trust staff have shared their experiences about volunteering abroad.

Click here if you would like to be put in touch with a case study