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Caroline Shuldham: Volunteers in the NHS can complement care

With so many people willing to give up their time and share their skills, health services could do more to use volunteers to support staff and benefit patients

With so many people willing to give up their time and share their skills, health services could do more to use volunteers to support staff and benefit patients

I had no idea how many people volunteer, the range of roles and projects they undertake, the social responsibility many feel and the commitment they show.

Working full-time in the health service I encountered relatively few volunteers, and learnt the extent of their contribution only recently.

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