Author Archives: Vy Tran

Recording: UK wide live chat

“Reflections on the impact of Covid-19 across the UK and how to carry those lessons forward in preparation for winter pressures and the possibility of a second coronavirus wave.” Many thanks to those who joined this live chat. We were able to get updates from colleagues in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales, where each […]

“Covid-19 reminds me why I do what I do”

Written by Sarah Rogers, Volunteer Service Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust We took the decision to stand down our volunteers on the 17th March, six days before the Government announced lockdown measures. It wasn’t easy, but we knew we had to act fast and decisively to protect the safety of our patients, staff, […]

Delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care

Published: 10 July 2020 As the restrictions of lockdown are eased, this guide aims to support you, day care managers, social workers, commissioners and providers, to restart or continue activities. It is focused on community-based day services, day centres (with and without personal care), including specialised day centre environments, and those with outdoor spaces. Please […]

A Framework for the Restart and Recovery of NHS Volunteer Services

This framework has been produced by NHS England and NHS Improvement to help NHS Volunteering services prepare for the recovery phase. Key points: ❑ Volunteers continue to play a key role in delivery of NHS services. Before,during and beyond Covid-19 we know there is no ‘one size fits all’ withrespect to NHS volunteer services.❑ This […]

How our volunteering team responded to COVID-19

For me, 2020 promised to be an exciting year for our service. We were hoping to deliver new volunteering projects and initiatives, such as running the End of Life Care volunteering project with Helpforce, expanding Youth Volunteering, and developing a new programme for volunteers to support our A&E department. Yet, everything changed on the evening […]

New Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19 open to all frontline and essential workers and volunteers

On 15 June is Public Health England (PHE) launched updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19.  PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and PHE has been […]