Volunteer Car Drivers

Volunteer Car Drivers

Volunteer for East Midlands Ambulance Service and help provide quality patient transport for people travelling to and from hospital appointments.

EMAS provides Patient Transport Services (PTS) in Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. We are looking for volunteer drivers to use their own car to take patients to and from hospital appointments.

The Volunteer Car Service is an integral and valued part of PTS, providing an invaluable service to the community for patients with a medical need for transport, and who would otherwise be unable to get to their appointments.

Gentleman who volunteers stood beside car to transport patients

Basic requirements:

  • Be able to provide regular journeys for patients
  • Have a car with valid MOT and kept in a good clean condition
  • Be covered by full comprehensive insurance
  • Have a valid and current driving licence (no more than 3 points)

As part of our recruitment process we are obliged to apply for a Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Information about the Disclosure scheme is available at Gov.uk.


Drivers are not paid for their services, but are paid monthly in arrears for their out-of-pocket expenses and mileage allowance, both of which have to be claimed on a claim form. Mileage is reviewed periodically.

Uniform, Equipment and Training

EMAS will provide a uniform and the necessary equipment to undertake the role. Full training will be given.

Conveyance of patients and escorts

Journeys are arranged, as far as convenient to patient and driver, to convey more than one patient per car to save unnecessary duplication of mileage.

Escorts may only be conveyed when booked in advance. No other passenger should travel as any spare seating may be needed for additional patients on the return journey. Animals must not be carried.

Found out more about the role by reading our article:A day in the life of a Volunteer Car Driver.

Apply to be a Volunteer Car Driver.

For general queries, email NEPTS VCS Service Improvement Lead, Debra Dudley - pts.vcs@emas.nhs.uk