Working with innovative Trusts

In partnership with NHS England, we are working with NHS hospital trusts to help fund and transform volunteering in and around hospital settings.

Thank you to the 91 NHS hospital trusts who submitted a fantastic 115 expressions of interest to our Volunteering Innovators Programme. It is exciting to see so many Trusts, across all settings, engaged with volunteering and keen to expand. It was clear from the applications there is a lot of effective and innovative volunteering practice going on across the country.

Helpforce volunteers

Helpforce is working with 12 NHS hospital trusts to develop high-impact volunteer innovations that will be refined and shared to help other trusts in the UK adopt effective volunteer services.

Ten are funded by NHS England funding, and will each receive a £75,000 grant. All twelve will have access to a range of supporting services, digital tools, resources and guidance. The trusts, who were chosen through a competitive process will focus on a range of specific volunteer roles. The volunteer interventions have been identified as those which could make the most impact if refined, tested and scaled to other NHS settings.

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

We can create a future where safe and reliable volunteering in the NHS is part of our everyday lives, helping patients and our brilliant frontline staff to get the very best from the health service.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallet, Chair and Founder of Helpforce

Trusts in the programme

  • Barts Health NHS Trust – Bleep Volunteers in the Emergency Department, who help staff with a wide variety of tasks, from collecting prescriptions to transferring a patient to X-ray
  • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – a focus on volunteers providing peer to peer emotional support and enhancing patient experience in a mental health setting
  • Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust – to provide support with end of life care in the community, enabling more people to die at home if they choose
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – volunteers providing support to patients before, during and after operations
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Settle in Service with some volunteer transport.
  • North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – support with patient discharge, as well as the ‘Hospital to Home’ and transport services
  • Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust – support with end of life care in the hospital, and testing how Bleep Volunteers focused on end of life care can support requests from wards across the hospital
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust – assistance for patients at mealtimes
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust – providing patient engagement and support with a specially developed model for companionship
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust – helping patients to stay mobile during their stay in hospital and supporting them with activities provided by physiotherapists
  • The two trusts that are being supported by the Royal Voluntary Service – St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust – will focus on developing mobility, nutrition and hydration volunteers.