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  1. Content Article
    The Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Programme (FFFAP) is looking to recruit new members to their award-winning Patient and Carer Panel. FFFAP is a national clinical audit run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England and the Welsh Government. Their work aims to improve the care that patients with fragility fractures receive in hospital and after discharge and to reduce inpatient falls. 
  2. Content Article
    Northumbria University is exploring the experiences of NHS Trusts taking steps to move towards a Restorative Just Culture to develop and share an informative ‘how to’ guide. They would like to hear your views if you are you an NHS Trust who has attended the Northumbria University and Mersey Care NHS FT programme: Principles and Practices of Restorative Just Culture and have implemented, or attempted to implement, restorative just culture. It will take approximately 45 minutes of your time to take part in an online interview/focus group. If you are interested in participating or have any questions please contact bl.rjc@northumbria.ac.uk. Download the attachment below for more information.
  3. Content Article
    Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigning at Parkinson's UK, and regular blogger for the hub, shares with us what Parkinson's UK will be doing to support World Parkinson's Day.
  4. News Article
    Volunteers will transport patients who need extra assistance to hospital to increase ambulance availability for higher-risk patients. The pilot scheme, using ambulance cars, is due to start in London in May. London Ambulance Service said the trained volunteers would be sent to lower category 999 calls where the patient needed help to get to hospital. The service's board meeting was told the scheme would reduce waiting times and increase ambulance availability. Currently, taxis are used to transport "low acuity patients" to hospital, the meeting heard. But there were some patients who required "the assistance of one person to walk or mobilise", which taxis could not provide. "This results in the dispatch of an emergency ambulance, reducing ambulance availability for higher priority incidents and longer waiting times for patients," the meeting heard. As part of the pilot scheme, a volunteer car would be dispatched to these patients. A spokesperson for the service said: "This project builds on our well-established network of volunteers who respond to emergencies to help ensure our ambulances can reach the patients that need us the most. "These fully trained volunteers, who already respond to 999 calls in their communities, will help patients who have been assessed not to need of an ambulance but who may need more support than a taxi can provide." Read full story Source: BBC News, 18 April 2022
  5. News Article
    Health ministers are to recruit a new volunteer army for social care to ferry medical equipment and drugs to people’s homes in a bid to free up congested hospital wards. Under the plan, members of the public will be able to sign up on the GoodSam app for roles such as “check in and chat”, which involves support over the phone for people struggling with loneliness. There will also be the chance to “pick up and deliver”, helping to transport medicines or small items of medical equipment to people’s homes from NHS sites so they can be discharged from hospital, and “community response” roles will involve collecting and delivering shopping and prescriptions. The joint NHS and social care volunteers responders programme for England is being launched on Wednesday amid a social care staffing crisis with 165,000 vacancies and millions of hours of care needs not being met. At the end of April, 49,000 people every day had to stay in NHS hospitals in England despite no longer meeting the criteria to be there. News of the planned announcement from the care minister, Helen Whately, has sparked concern among workers in the sector, who warned that volunteering could not solve the social care recruitment and retention crisis. Helen Wildbore, director of Care Rights UK, which represents relatives and residents, said it “feels like a desperate measure to try and save a system that is crumbling”. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 6 June 2023
  6. News Article
    Researchers are calling on five million UK adults to join what they hope will be one of the biggest studies in the world, to create the most detailed picture ever of the nation's health. The aim is it to find better ways to prevent, spot and treat illnesses like cancer and dementia early on. It will involve collecting health and genetic data and creating a long-term repository of health information. Our Future Health is part-funded by government, industry and charities. They hope to get their first set of results in the next few years. Chairman of the programme, Prof Sir John Bell, said the ambition is to use the results to fundamentally shift the focus of healthcare systems to earlier diagnosis and prevention. Invitations will go out this autumn to more than three million people in London, West Yorkshire, West Midlands and Greater Manchester. Over time it will be open to all UK adults. Volunteers will: fill in questionnaires about their lifestyles and any health problems have blood tests for measurements such as blood sugar and cholesterol have their height, weight and blood pressure measured take genetic tests consent to share their NHS records. According to the plans the information will be used in a number of different ways. Scientists will collate and combine this information and store it so that people cannot be identified, building up a bank of health and genetic data. Read full story Source: BBC News, 24 October 2022
  7. News Article
    The blood-donation service has been inundated with offers of help after putting out an alert, on Wednesday, warning NHS stocks were running critically low in England. More than 10,000 appointments to donate blood over the next few weeks have been booked in the past 24 hours. The NHS usually has six days' worth of blood to use for operations and transfusions but levels are currently due to fall below two. Type-O blood is in particular demand. O positive is the most common and anyone can receive O negative in an emergency or if their blood type is unknown. Blood supplies have been challenging since the Covid pandemic, because of staff shortages and sickness, and a change in people's behaviour means they are less likely to visit donation centres in towns and cities, according to NHSBT. Individual hospitals must decide how to manage the shortage - for example, by postponing some non-urgent operations. "This is an amazing response from the public and we have been reminded in the last 24 hours of the incredible goodwill and spirit of the public towards helping patients in times of great difficulty," an NHSBT official said. Read full story Source: BBC News, 13 October 2022
  8. Content Article
    In this blog, Imagen Gowan* writes about her experience of volunteering at a Macmillan Information & Support Centre at her local hospital. She explains what compelled her to start volunteering and what her role involves, as well as exploring some challenges that volunteers in the NHS face. She identifies the need for more training, and greater efforts to preserve morale and a sense of belonging amongst both staff and volunteers.
  9. Content Article
    In this personal blog, an NHS volunteer describes her experience of supporting a patient dying in hospital of Covid-19. She highlights the role that volunteers can play in giving compassion and comfort to patients in an overwhelmed health system. She also draws attention to the lack of training she had before taking on the role, and the mental and emotional toll of volunteering in such environments.
  10. Event
    Communities are playing an increasingly important role in improving health and meeting the wellbeing needs of people locally, highlighted in part by their role in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Integrated care systems (ICSs) need to recognise the role communities can play in improving and sustaining good health, and as part of this they need to seek greater involvement with local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups at the place and neighbourhood level, where the link local communities is at its strongest. This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss the impact of community-led and person-centred approaches to improving health and wellbeing, and to explore what more can be done to build on community interventions, assets and solutions that developed as a response to the pandemic. It will also consider the challenges of demonstrating value and of working with communities to assess need and provide services. You will hear from community groups who have worked with others – including their ICS, local health system or local authority – to develop a collaborative approach to tackling health inequalities.
  11. Community Post
    Do you volunteer your time in a health or social care setting? Volunteers play an important role in many organisations and have valuable perspectives to share. In support of Volunteers Week (1-7 June) we are asking volunteers to share their safety stories. Perhaps you have ideas around how safety can be improved in your field of work - whether that's in a hospice, hospital, charity or care setting. Or you might have been part of a project that has improved safety and would like to share that with others. You can get involved and share your insights by commenting below or by emailing our team at content@pslhub.org To comment below, simply register first for free. It's quick and easy to do.
  12. Content Article
    This is the first national ambulance volunteering strategy, produced by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. It recognises the important role volunteers play in the ambulance service and outlines a national approach to volunteering that will be adopted between January 2023 and May 2024. The strategy covers mission, vision, principles and measures of success.
  13. News Article
    A new volunteering programme is aiming to bring trained volunteers into the homes of older patients to provide one-to-one support. The Falls Prevention Community Exercise Volunteers programme is being run by the volunteering service at Kingston Hospital NHS FT, which is funded by the volunteering organisation Helpforce and the Kingston Hospital Charity. It hopes that this will improve the strength, balance, and mobility of elderly patients, as well as improve their overall health and well-being. This is then expected to reduce the strain on the NHS caused by falls among older patients. Research from NICE in 2018 showed that the risk of falls in elderly patients can be reduced by as much as 54%, when they take part in exercises focused on improving strength and balance. Bianca Larch, Community Outreach Manager at the trust, said: “We are delighted to launch this much needed volunteering service to support our patients at home. “With volunteers supporting patients to undertake a physiotherapy prescribed exercise programme, we hope to see improved strength, mobility and balance in our patients and in turn reduce their risk of falls significantly. “This programme can really improve the quality of life of our patients by restoring well-being and independence, especially for those waiting to access various community interventions.” Read full story Source: National Health Executive, 9 September 2021
  14. Event
    Join cross-sector leaders and their learning partners to explore the role the voluntary sector can play in helping to tackle health inequalities in neighbourhoods, places and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). As ICS structures are set to become formalised in July, The King’s Fund, Innovation Unit and Institute for Voluntary Action Research are providing support to understand effective cross-sector collaboration. Together, they will share learning from work in partnership with, or funded by, The National Lottery Community Fund, and profile people doing it on the ground. This webinar will spotlight three place-based partnerships that have been working to address health inequalities in their areas: Supported by the Innovation Unit Andrew Billingham and Lisa Cowley from Beacon Vision, representing the Dudley & Wolverhampton Health Equality Development Grantee partnership in conversation with Steve Terry, Head of Engagement, Black Country & West Birmingham ICS. Steve has recently moved into this role having previously been funded through the ICS to explore Engagement & Partnership with VCSE. The Dudley & Wolverhampton Healthy Communities Together Project has partnered with Steve and others to create a culture of change across the system. The work focuses on empowering and enabling positive impacts both in terms of service delivery and integration to make long lasting improvements for people and communities. Supported by the King’s Fund Neil Goulbourne, Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance, One Croydon, will reflect on experience in building a shared agenda, trust and partnership working to support a move to better understanding health and wellbeing needs at neighbourhood level. One Croydon plan to use that insight to commission new health services from a more diverse range of providers. Supported by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research Sonal Mehta, Partnership Lead (VCSE) for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System, will share an approach to setting up a Health and Wellbeing Alliance in Milton Keynes. Their aim was to involve the voluntary sector in strategic discussions about the design and commissioning of health and care services. As well as hearing from experienced system leaders in the NHS, Local Authority and voluntary sector about how cross-sector collaboration can drive health improvements for local people, there will be space for networking and discussion. Who is this event for? Colleagues working at place or system level within emerging Integrated Care Systems, policy professionals in NHS England and Improvement, and local VCSE organisations. Networking opportunity Following our webinar, we will be running a 45 minute informal networking session. Meet other cross-sector leaders and reflect on what you’ve heard, and what it means for your own work. Register for this webinar
  15. Content Article
    Volunteers make a huge contribution to the NHS, and there is evidence that the role of volunteers has expanded in recent years. The most recent NHS workforce plan recognises and commits to maximising the value of volunteers as services are rebuilt and reformed after the Covid-19 pandemic. This resource by The King's Fund provides a framework for identifying how to move from volunteering as an ‘added extra’ to it making an integral contribution to the delivery of health care. It also explores ways in which volunteering can have a positive impact for all involved.
  16. Content Article
    This paper, published in HEC Forum, focuses on undergraduate student involvement in short term medical volunteer work in resource poor countries, a practice that has become popular among pre-health professions students. Authors argue that the participation of undergraduate students in global health experiences raises many of the ethical concerns associated with voluntourism and global health experiences for medical students. They propose a framework for guidelines and curricula, argue that universities should be the primary point of delivery even when they are not organising the trips, and recommend that curricula should be developed in light of additional data.
  17. Content Article
    This guidance, from the British Medical Association (BMA), provides doctors and medical students with the key legal and ethical considerations they need to take into account when working in conflicts and emergencies, and signposts to other sources of support and information. This guide is structured around areas known to be challenging, including: Threats to delivering care to appropriate standards, often linked to a shortage of resources. Pressures to transfer the injured, sick or wounded to substandard health facilities. Identifying an acceptable lower limit of quality: at what point do you draw the line?
  18. Content Article
    This paper, published in Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines, aims to present contemporary criticism of medical volunteering. A range of ethical concerns are identified and possible ways of alleviation suggested. 
  19. Content Article
    The King's Fund commissioned this research project from Picker Institute Europe to examine the role of patient engagement and involvement in the quality and development of general practice services.
  20. Content Article
    In this podcast, host Thea Joshi is joined by Emma Bailey and Hannah Moore from the Equally Well campaign, which the Centre for Mental Health runs in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness. They share how Equally Well UK is working to improve the physical health of people with severe mental illness, with the critical aim of reducing the unacceptable mortality gap that affects people with severe mental illness. Emma and Hannah discuss how physical health is often neglected in mental health inpatient services, and give examples of good work that is being done to change this.
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