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Co-creating innovation in volunteering in health & care

Helpforce innovations are helping spread good practice, introduce new ways of volunteering. They are also shining a light on the many ways volunteers help NHS staff.

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Sharing and scaling high-impact volunteering interventions

We are soon to launch a series of innovations that can be used by all hospital trusts to adopt and adapt high-impact volunteering services that have been tested and proven through our programmes. An example is the ‘How to Adopt and Adapt Response Volunteers’ pack which has been shared with most of the NHS hospital trusts in England.

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Making the leadership case to embed volunteering in integrated health & care

With the help of integrated care leaders in our Integrated Care Collaborative group on Connect, we have created a Leadership Case that shows the benefits of embedding volunteering in long-term plans for integrated health and care.

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Bringing more end of life care volunteers to hospitals

Almost three in every ten patients in hospital are in their last year of life, yet many of them will die alone on a busy ward, spend long periods on their own, or have little company in hospital or at home. In collaboration with terminal illness charity Marie Curie, we are changing this.

With funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, The Peter Sowerby Foundation, the Welsh Government, and Marie Curie we are working on seven innovative projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which will mean more end of life care volunteers working in hospitals and in the community to provide much needed extra support to patients, families and friends, and staff.

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The Helpforce Burdett Clinical Network

Developing new volunteer roles, and supporting volunteers to a career in health & care

If you are a clinician, we would love you to join us on our journey, and bring your experience to:

  • Engage, support and raise the value of the volunteer workforce in the clinical environment
  • Enhance the patient journey and experience
  • Identify, co-design and deliver interventions for more volunteers at the interface with care
  • Prepare clinical teams to work with volunteers and develop environments in which volunteers can thrive and progress to a career in health and care
  • Ensure volunteers are trained using national standards, and where they wish, to support them in using their experience as a way to a career in health and care
  • Develop a defined set of metrics that describe the impact of volunteering for patients, staff, organisations and volunteers

If you are interested in joining this project, contact us now -

Do you have an innovative idea you would like to discuss?

Would you like us to review your volunteering services to see what innovations could increase impact, profile, and investment for your organisation? Please do get in touch.