Helpforce is supporting NHS England on a new programme to embed volunteering within the plans for integrated health and care. ICSs were invited to bid for funding and we are delighted that our bid has been successful and we’ve been awarded £40,000 to take forward our proposal.
Our collaborative bid outlined some strategic work, mapping how we use and support volunteers across our health system. As well as some operational work linked to pilot projects in north Cumbria around hospital volunteering, how this can be developed around primary care networks and population health across the region.
This is an exciting programme which will enable us to work with a range of partners to learn lessons from existing volunteering experiences and move that into settings in the community with many potential benefits for health and care, and our future workforce. The programme will report through both the Workforce Transformation and the ICS Strategic Management Group arrangements.
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