Primary care benefits from national volunteer pool


GPs in Rochdale are successfully drawing down Steward Volunteers from the national pool of NHS Volunteer Responders (NHSVR) to support their vaccination sites.

Dawn O’Brien, HMR Primary Care Academy Manager from Rochdale Health Alliance, has found the programme a “brilliant” support as it makes organising shifts easier. She requests between 12-30 volunteers a day across various sites and knowing they all have the right ID checks, will turn up with their own high-viz vest and have their expenses covered by NHSVR has made the process quicker and given her reassurance.

All vaccination sites can access this national pool of Steward Volunteers. Primary care sites can access these volunteers by making a request via their Lead Employer and volunteers will be provided free of charge to local sites. Find out more here.