Meet the Move Makers for Southmead Hospital Bristol

With just over eight months to go before the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol opens its doors, North Bristol NHS Trust is looking to recruit 150 Move Makers who will play a vital part in helping patients and visitors find their way around the new building.

The £430 million Brunel building opens on May 28th 2014 and will bring together all hospital services from the current Frenchay and Southmead sites.

The Move Makers will meet, greet and direct patients and visitors arriving in the public areas of the Brunel building and the car parks.

Move Makers

Tricia Down, Head of Capital Planning for the Trust, said: “Their role will be more than functional - they will be making a difference to patients, visitors and staff who step into our fantastic new building for the first time – particularly given the vast size of the atrium.

“By the time we get to May 2014, Southmead Hospital Bristol will have transformed as a site quite considerably, although there will still be work continuing in some areas.

“Having a welcoming, friendly face when patients and visitors arrive in the car park or the Brunel building, with someone to guide you to your appointment or assist family and friends will be invaluable during a time of considerable change.”

The Move Makers will receive training and will work in four hour shifts. We are looking to recruit 150 volunteers, though some may choose to do more than one shift in a week. They will be required to assist in the public areas for the two-week period in May 2014 when patients are being transferred by the Move team and ambulance crew, though some volunteers may remain in place in the weeks following.

Jan Bartlett, from Stapleton, has volunteered at Frenchay and Southmead hospitals for the past ten years, playing the organ and piano at the hospital chapels. She was one of the first to sign up to becoming a Move Maker after enjoying her experience as a Games Maker at last year’s Olympics.

Jan said: “The move to the new hospital at Southmead is an exciting project and one that I was keen to get involved with. The new hospital building is fantastic but I can see how people visiting it for the first time could be a little overwhelmed. I am looking forward to being part of the team that will help patients and visitors find their way around.”

To become a Move Maker you will need to:

•        Be available during May 2014 for training and to deliver your role

•        Be 18 or over

•        Be confident helping members of the public

You will receive:

•        Full training and orientation to the Brunel building

•        Expenses and packed lunch if working during the lunch time shifts

•        A detailed map of the building and site

•        A Move Maker t-shirt

•        An invite to the official opening of the new hospital

It is important to note that the Move Makers will not in any way be involved in the transfer of patients from Frenchay and Southmead which will be done by our highly trained staff in collaboration with the ambulance service.

To find out more about becoming a Move Maker, please visit or telephone 0117 340 2037.

To find out more about the new hospital, visit which is regularly updated with the latest news and photographs from the site.