COVID-19: nurses eligible for support from NHS volunteers

Extending access is intended to reduce unnecessary exposure to coronavirus for healthcare workers

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Nurses will be able to access support from the NHS Volunteer Responders, the government has announced.

From Monday 8 June, front-line health and social care staff can get help from volunteers who will deliver food and medication to their homes.

Reducing the risk of infection for front-line staff

The government said it hopes the extension of the scheme will help to reduce the number of journeys that front-line workers have to make, therefore reducing their contact with people and limiting their exposure to COVID-19.

The scheme was originally launched in April, with volunteers carrying out non-medical tasks to support at-risk patients who had to isolate due to COVID-19.

Support from volunteers will help care workers stay safe while caring for others

Minster for care Helen Whately said the initiative will make health and social care workers’ lives easier as they continue to support others in need.

Responding to the announcement, Care England chief executive Martin Green welcomed the new scheme, saying it would help keep staff safe.

‘Our staff are our biggest resource and we know that the scheme will make a difference in reducing the potential for staff to come into contact with COVID-19,’ he said.

Royal Voluntary Service chief executive Catherine Johnstone said the initiative will free up more time for front-line workers to care.

Front-line nurses and social care workers can access volunteer support by calling 0808 196 3646. 

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