Volunteering in health and care: securing a sustainable future – The King’s Fund – 14 March 2013

Posted on March 15, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

Volunteering in health and care: securing a sustainable future – The King’s Fund – 14 March 2013

Chris Naylor, Claire Mundle, Lisa Weaks, David Buck

“This report considers the role and value of volunteers in health and social care. It looks at the important part that volunteers play in improving patient experience, addressing health inequalities, and building a closer relationship between services and communities.

It also outlines the changing nature of volunteering, why this can cause tensions, and why volunteering does not always reach its full potential. Examples of good practice in the NHS and voluntary sector illustrate how these barriers can be overcome.

The authors discuss the future of volunteering in the light of the financial challenges facing public services and the reforms introduced by the Heath and Social Care Act 2012. They conclude by presenting two different scenarios and giving recommendations for achieving the best case scenario.”

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