26 November 2021
In comparison to hospices or acute hospitals, volunteering has been underdeveloped in some care settings. With over 100,000 existing vacancies across the social care sector in England and 60,000 more predicted by the National Care Association due to the mandatory Covid vaccination requirement, one in 10 social care posts could be vacant by the end of the year. It is envisaged considerable numbers of volunteers will be needed to help buoy up staff shortages. Deborah Bellamy suggests tips and key things care managers should know about volunteers and ensuring their health and safety in accordance with updated HSE guidance.