Widening the workforce: The role of volunteers and students in supporting the NHS workforce

The role of volunteers and students in supporting the NHS workforce

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The NHS workforce was carrying close to 90,000 vacancies prior to COVID-19, with a further 120,000 vacancies in social care. COVID-19 has led to a large backlog of care and could lead to many staff changing the way they work to achieve a better work/life balance, potentially reducing workforce capacity even further. Widening the workforce has been critical in delivering care during this period, particularly in relation to the vaccine programme but there are other great examples of how innovative thinking has supported the NHS in widening their workforce.

The workforce challenges facing the NHS are considerable, yet there are ways in which volunteers and others can add capacity and support our existing workforce and patients. This discussion is intended to explore and highlight some of the ways volunteers and students have supported the NHS over the past year and to discuss what our relationship with volunteering could look like in the future.

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