Since October 2011, our Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme has helped NHS boards to develop sustainable and effective volunteering programmes.
We support the engagement of volunteers where they can bring 'added value' to a person-centred NHS.
In April 2014 the Programme was extended for a further year to March 2015 and included an evaluation of the Programme. After a further one-year extension, the Scottish Government and Scottish Health Council agreed that the Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme will now form part of the core work of the organisation. This took effect from 1 April 2016 and continues with the renaming of the Scottish Health Council to Healthcare Improvement Scotland - Community Engagement in April 2020.
A letter was issued to Strategic Leads for Volunteering in April 2019, informing leads of a collaboration with Helpforce and other UK partners which will result in an increased capacity of the Programme team during 2019-20 and 2020-21. The increased resourcing will allow a number of additional projects to be taken forward.
In light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme is adapting to meet the demands of NHS boards' volunteering programmes and prioritising response.