26 March 2020


NHS Volunteers Insurance: Free policy extension to cover use of your vehicle

NHS volunteers insuranceWe are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer free cover extensions to NHS volunteer responders so that they may use their vehicles to carry out specified tasks.

This follows extensive discussions with our insurer partners who, like us, want to assist the national effort in any way they can.

We have already secured agreement from the vast majority of insurers on our panel and are confident that all will have signed up to this initiative shortly.

This move means that if you have an existing car, motorcycle or commercial vehicle road insurance policy through Principal, we can provide the cover to permit use of the vehicle whilst performing one of the following roles.

• Community Response Volunteer
• Patient Transport Volunteer
• NHS Transport Volunteer

It is important to note that this free cover extension is valid only for tasks carried out as a recognised NHS volunteer. If you accept any kind of remuneration for collection or delivery then you will not be covered.

How do you get your NHS Volunteers Insurance Extension?

The process is very straightforward.

Once you have been accepted on the NHS Volunteer programme, just let us know. You can do this by either by calling us on 0330 024 1730, or emailing our NHS Volunteers team.

Whether calling or writing, please make sure you quote your policy reference. This will begin PRIN and you’ll find it on your documents and on any letters or emails we have sent to you.

We will then simply add the cover extension to your policy. There’s no need for any paperwork.

This cover will be provided whilst the NHS volunteer programme is in force.

We will also be able to add it to a new policy should you need renew whilst on the NHS Volunteer Responders programme.

How do you become an NHS Volunteer?

Since the health secretary Matt Hancock launched an appeal on Tuesday, over 500,00 have signed up to join the NHS Volunteer Responders programme.

The scheme is designed to reduce pressures on hard-pressed NHS staff and ensure vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes receive invaluable support.

You can sign up become a responder if you are:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Are fit, well and not showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

If you do not fall into the categories above, you may still be able to help. If you are in a higher risk group (such as being over 70, pregnant or have an underlying health condition) you can sign up to be a Check In & Chat Volunteer. This involves offering telephone support.

If you volunteer as a patient transport driver, you will be required to undergo an advanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Most roles will enable you to maintain social distancing and you will be provided with guidance.

For more details or to join the NHS Volunteer Responders programme, click here.


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