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Landmark volunteering summit to recognise the value added by volunteers to the care and experience of patients

14 October 2016

Chairman Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett has presided over the Trust’s first summit dedicated to the invaluable work carried out by volunteers at our hospitals.

Chairman Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett has presided over the Trust’s first summit dedicated to the invaluable work carried out by volunteers at our hospitals.

The summit, which was held at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, had a range of delegates spanning volunteers, charities, healthcare staff from the Trust and across London come together to talk about the importance of volunteering and how the Trust should shape its strategy in order to break the mould and develop new volunteering roles to improve the patient journey and relieve pressure on our hardworking dedicated staff.

Chairman Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallet, who in his role as Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care developed their renowned volunteers network that supports people living with a terminal illness, said: “Every time I visit our hospitals and clinics I am simply overwhelmed to see the passion, dedication and support that our army of volunteers provide to our patients and clinical staff. We want that army to grow and be able to fully utilise the skills, experience and time of people who want to give something back to their local NHS.

“It has been fantastic to bring together people from all walks of life to discuss the crucial role that volunteers play and how we can make the role of a volunteer as fulfilling for the individual as it is invaluable to our clinical services and those they care for. We want to be the go-to place for volunteering in the NHS and I believe that the outcome of this summit will go a long way to achieve our aim.”