#WeAHPs - Thursday 30th January 2020 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Volunteers and volunteering

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This chat is guest hosted by @katrina_quality

Understanding the value of volunteers and volunteering for patients, AHP services and the AHP workforce, and the NHS

Join our first tweetchat of 2020!

Health Education England is developing an AHP quick reference guide on volunteering. The aim of this tweetchat is to inform the development of the guide and seek insights, advice and case studies from volunteers, voluntary organisations, AHPs and AHP services.

The long term plan states that:

"Staff, patients and volunteers benefit from well-designed volunteering initiatives. Volunteers contribute across a range of NHS roles, from first responders and care companions to trust governors and transport volunteers. They enable staff to deliver high-quality care that goes above and beyond core services. Well-designed and managed volunteering programs improve satisfaction and wellbeing ratings for staff.”

Evidence shows that volunteering has a positive impact on wellbeing and giving is identified as one of the five ways to mental wellbeing and so as an activity in itself, volunteering is of great value to the individual.

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Questions to think about before the tweetchat:

1. How can volunteers and volunteering support patient care and patient experience?

2. How can volunteers and volunteering support AHP services and the AHP workforce?

3. How you are you currently including volunteering opportunities in your services?

  • Early careers / work experience
  • Mid careers and skills development
  • Late careers, utilising wisdom

4. What support did you need to develop volunteering opportunities in your services?

5. Have you voluteered for NHS services? Was it done well and/or what could have been better?

6. Have you experience of wider volunteering? What benefits did it bring for you and others?

7. Do AHPs know how to get started on this area?

Useful resources;

Recruiting and managing Volunteers in NHS providers apractical guide September 2017. https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/recruiting-managing-volunteers-nhs-providers-practical-guide.pdf

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard forgood practice in volunteer management.. To read the nine indicators see link; https://iiv.investinginvolunteers.org.uk/about/the-nine-indicators

HEE Volunteering Strategy consultation document https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/13707%20HEE%20Volunteering%20Strategy%20Document_June%202017%20web.pdf

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