Co-creating innovative solutions with our health & care partners

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We're working with NHS Trusts to develop innovative volunteering services

  • Barts Health NHS Trust - Active Response Volunteers who help staff with a wide variety of tasks including the collection of patient medication, to help save staff time and potentially speed up discharges
  • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust - Volunteers providing peer to peer emotional support after an incident in a mental health setting, to help make care more personalised
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Volunteers providing support to patients before, during and after operations, to help reduce anxiety and improve the patient experience
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Settle in Service with volunteer transport, to improve the patient experience at discharge and potentially reduce the risk of re-admissions
  • North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Volunteer support with patient discharge, as well as ‘Hospital to Home’ and transport services, to improve the patient experience at discharge and potentially improve patient flow and reduce the risk of re-admissions
  • Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust - Volunteer support with end of life care in hospital, to help staff deliver person-centred care
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust - Volunteer assistance for patients at mealtimes, to reduce the risk of malnutrition and dehydration
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust - Volunteers providing patient engagement and support using a specially developed model for companionship, to reduce anxiety and improve mood
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust - Volunteers providing motivation, encouragement and support, in moving and getting dressed into day clothes, for patients waiting to return home, to reduce the risk of de-conditioning whilst in hospital
  • St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust - funded by the Royal Voluntary Service - Mobility, nutrition and hydration volunteers, to reduce the risk of de-conditioning, malnutrition and dehydration whilst in hospital

NHS England and NHS Improvement, an early supporter of Helpforce has made volunteering a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Read Emma Easton’s blog

Thinking differently about volunteering roles

With NHS Trusts and Integrated Care Systems (or STPs), we're co-creating innovative volunteering roles and services, and measuring the impact they make to the people - patients, staff, and volunteers - who benefit.

Using the evidence of impact we can help form a business case to increase investment in your volunteering services.

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Innovation is at the heart of our work, and we're proud to say that Helpforce innovations are helping spread good practice, introducing new ways of volunteering, and shining a light on the difference volunteers make to staff, patients, and the volunteers themselves.

Join our community at Helpforce Connect to accelerate the impact and growth of your volunteering services