King’s Volunteers shortlisted for national healthcare award
08 June 2015 - For the second year running the King’s volunteering scheme has been recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ)
King’s Volunteers has been shortlisted for the prestigious HSJ awards in the Value and Improvement in Clinical Support Services category. The shortlisting recognises the difference that volunteers are making supporting our staff and patients.
Since 2011, the King’s volunteering scheme has grown from 120 volunteers to 1,700 across our three main hospital sites. Volunteers undertake a variety of different roles across wards and departments, complementing the role of staff.
The service has also expanded into the community around King’s with initiatives like ‘Hospital to Home’ where volunteers help patients settle in at home after they have been in hospital for a long time. The scheme has also set up the King’s Home Hamper service which has helped around 100 patients and their families by giving them a starter pack of non-perishable items if don’t have anything in their cupboards when they are discharged from hospital.
Katherine Joel, our Head of Volunteering, said: “I’m delighted we have been shortlisted for the HSJ awards. This is testament to the tremendous effort and hard work of all our volunteers and the commitment of staff to make King’s Volunteers such a success.”
Jane Walters, our Director of Corporate Affairs, who led the volunteers service re-design in 2011, said: “King’s Volunteers is working with staff to develop new ways that volunteers can help staff and patients across our hospitals, and the NHS as a whole.
"The team working between our staff and volunteers is key to the scheme’s success and ability to expand into new and innovative areas so it’s fantastic this has been recognised by the HSJ.”
The winners will be announced in September 2015 at the awards ceremony in London.
Those interested in volunteering at any of our hospitals should contact the King's volunteering office email email@example.com or call us on 020 3299 4686.
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