More on volunteering in health and care
- Download the supporting volunteering in health literature review
- Take a closer look at the key findings with Chris Naylor's audio-slideshow
- Read Claire Mundle's blog: The crucial role of volunteers in supporting compassionate, high-quality patient care
- See our press release on the report: Financial pressures risk undermining volunteering in NHS and social care
- Read our paper on Volunteering in acute trusts in England
I find it remarkable that no NHS trust including the ambulance service, or NHS England is responsible or accountable for their volunteers in any capacity. In particular, no volunteer can be blamed for using faulty equipment even though no harm could be done to anyone.
A substantive staff member using faulty equipment, if reported by another, would be disciplined, suspended, or removed from their position.
I find it remarkable that the First Responders in the community (using fibrillation ) as Volunteers cannot be held responsible or accountable for any action or inaction. Can an NHS Trust or NHS England be held to account for volunteers?
Where can you find a volunteer role in public health?
Too often clinicians and managers challenge, then ignore, a wealth of 'anecdotal' evidence and/or evidence from social research, as they do not meet rigorous clinical standards of 'proof'.