Volunteering in NHS Scotland
Volunteering makes a huge contribution to NHSScotland, it improves the experience of patients accessing health services, it frees up staff capacity and it can improve the health and wellbeing of volunteers themselves. We exist to drive forward the volunteering agenda in NHSScotland through effective leadership, governance, consultancy and expert advice for volunteering across NHSScotland.
Executive and Strategic Leads for Volunteering
From 2008 to 2019 NHS boards were required to nominate a Strategic Lead for Volunteering (CEL 10 2008). Since August 2019, the Scottish Government has required boards to identify a Strategic Lead and an Executive Lead for Volunteering, which will strengthen local governance arrangements for volunteering.
Volunteering Information System
The Volunteering Information System allows NHS boards to administer data about their volunteers and report on activity.Find out more
Guidance and Publications
Information, guidance and good practice publications which will support people who manage volunteers within the NHS in Scotland.Find out more
Case studies from across Scotland describe the positive impact that volunteering has on patients, families, staff and the volunteers themselves.Find out more
National Group for Volunteering
The National Group for Volunteering oversees and provides leadership to the Volunteering in NHS Scotland programme and engages with the Scottish Government.Find out more
Volunteer Managers Network
We support volunteering managers in each NHS board through a series of regional and national Volunteer Managers Network events.Find out more
Annual Report 2021-22
The Volunteering in NHSScotland Programme Annual Report 2021-22.Find out more