Published: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
NHS Board retains ‘Investing in Volunteers’ status
The NHS National Waiting Times Centre is delighted to have retained Investing in Volunteers (IiV) status – the national quality standard for organisations showing a commitment to involving volunteers in their work.
The Board – home to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Beardmore Centre for Health Science and Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre – was originally accredited back in 2009.
At that time one of the first to achieve IiV following a directive in the Scottish Government’s Better Health Better Care action plan, the Board is delighted to be one of the first NHS organisations in Scotland to be accredited for a second time after assessors continued to be impressed with the way volunteering is embedded into the culture of the organisation.
Shona Chaib, Nurse Director at the hospital, has overall responsibility for involving people in the work of the organisation.
Mrs Chaib said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Investing in Volunteers accreditation again and couldn’t have done it without the wonderful group of volunteers we already have.
“Volunteers are a vital part of the NHS and that is the same for us as in any other NHS Board. Whether they are helping shape services, supporting patients with special needs, providing social interaction or spiritual care, our dedicated group of volunteers make a major contribution to supporting safe and effective patient care at a time when patients are at their most vulnerable.
“We look forward to continuing our work with our many volunteers, and our colleagues at Volunteer Development Scotland, to ensure we maintain this high standard over the next three years and beyond.”
Photograph shows: Volunteers Evelyn Campbell (left) and Elizabeth Anderson.