Volunteer for the NHS!

As Coronavirus continues to greatly impact our lives, the NHS is looking for volunteers to help to keep people in England safe and assist with delivering vital services, including the Coronavirus Vaccination Programme which is due to begin soon. This volunteer programme has been set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement, working with the Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app.

There are currently 6 roles that are part of the NHS Volunteer Responders programme, developed to help local communities:

Community Response Volunteers collect shopping, medication or other essential supplies and deliver these to people who are self-isolating. A DBS is not required for this role.

Community Response Plus Volunteers support people who have been identified as living with a significant vulnerability by referrers. An enhanced DBS check with barred list is required for this role.

Patient Transport Volunteers transport patients back home after they have been discharged from hospital or transport patients to medical appointments.

NHS Transport Volunteers transport supplies, equipment and/or medication between NHS services and sites and may assist pharmacies with medication deliveries.

Check In and Chat Volunteers provide short term telephone support to people who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

Check In and Chat Plus Volunteers provide 3 telephone calls a week to the same person for a duration of 10 weeks.

Further information about the Volunteer Programme, including information on who you will be helping, how the programme works and stories from other volunteers, can be found here.

Volunteers must be over 18 and not displaying any symptoms of the Coronavirus, including a high temperature or a dry cough. To sign up, volunteers must fill out a simple online form, prove their identify and for some roles must pass an enhanced DBS check. Once checks have been completed, volunteers will be able to sign in to the GoodSAM Responder app and indicate when they are available to go ‘on duty’. Volunteers will then be able to pick up local volunteer tasks.

If you would like to volunteer for the NHS the sign up form can be found here.

Wakefield COVID-19 Research Trial – Recruiting now!

Help us find a way to prevent COVID-19

Wakefield has been selected to take part in an Antibody Research Trial in the global efforts to find a way to prevent COVID-19.

This is an opportunity for those living in the Wakefield District to take part in this research trial in November. Please get involved if you can – every participant who supports the trial is helping us get closer to finding a way to prevent COVID-19. The trial is being delivered in Wakefield through a partnership – Wakefield Together – which is made up of Spectrum Community Health CIC, Wakefield Council and NHS partners.

We are looking for people at risk of exposure to COVID-19 to take part. You may be able to join if you are an adult and have not had a previously confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

Could you be eligible?

Volunteers needed for this study should:

  • be aged 18 or older
  • must not have a previously confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19
  • must have an increased risk of vulnerability to COVID-19 (eg. front line healthcare worker)

Additional requirements may determine final eligibility.

Sign Up now at WFD-Covid19-Trial

The trial is being conducted in November. To volunteer for this Trial, please do one of the following and one of our team will be in touch with the next steps and further information:

Call us on 07540 305088 – As this is a messaging service, please leave a message with your contact details (including name and phone number). One of our team will call you back as soon as possible and talk you through the trial and requirements.

 Sign up on our online form at: WFD-Covid19-Trial

Information about the Study can be found at: WFD-Covid19-Trial



100 days of lockdown: Ordinary people, extraordinary effort!

Monday 1st of July marked 100 days since the beginning of full lockdown in the UK and leaders across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are thanking over 100,000 people within our system who have come together and worked tirelessly during the lockdown.

This Partnership covers Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Harrogate and Calderdale, and serves a population of over 2.7 million. During the COVID-19 pandemic services and people have worked together in innovative and selfless ways to ensure that the populations needs are met and people are kept safe and well whenever possible. Without the extraordinary effort of staff, volunteers and other members of the community this would not have been possible and this is why leaders want to say thank you!

The WY&H Health and Care Partnership praised the continuous work of all involved in the system, “from care workers moving into their care settings to avoid transmitting the virus from the outside world, leaving their families for weeks at a time, to social workers, refuse collectors and voluntary and community sector workers who have taken time to check on people who are shielding in their communities – right through to teachers, the police, Yorkshire Ambulance and the fire service, to building maintenance workers and cleaners, IT, communication colleagues and finance staff – the list is endless.”

Acts of kindness, compassion and professionalism have been taking place every day, often unseen, unheard or unrecognised, and that is why you deserve a massive thank you!

Thank you videos, messages and more information, can be found on the WY&H H&C Partnership website here.

Guidance on how to refer vulnerable individuals for Volunteer support released

Following the launch of the Volunteer Responder scheme on the 24th of March, over 750,000 individuals across the country volunteered to provide support, hugely surpassing the original 250,000 target. The GoodSAM platform which was receiving volunteer applications has now had to temporarily pause recruitment to deal with the vast number of applications.

These recruited volunteers are working in a variety of roles, including supporting both vulnerable individuals and NHS services. Volunteers are supporting the most vulnerable individuals who are self-isolating during the Coronavirus Pandemic by providing them with vital resources or providing telephone support to those at risk of loneliness.

NHS England has now released guidance on how a variety of health and social care professionals can refer vulnerable individuals to receive volunteer support, including:

– GPs / social prescribing link workers / practice nurses, who are concerned about a vulnerable individual who has been advised to self isolate
– Hospital discharge teams
– Community pharmacists
– NHS 111 and ambulance trusts
– Community health trusts that need volunteer support for patients leaving hospital
– Local authorities

By referring vulnerable individuals, we can ensure everyone has the support required to stay well.

The guidance can be found here and the GoodSAM latest updates can be found here.

Free Council parking scheme for health and care workers and volunteers

The Government have introduced a new parking scheme where NHS staff members, health and social care workers or NHS volunteer responders are entitled to free Council parking while on duty during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Parking passes can be obtained through local authorities, NHS Trusts, the Royal Voluntary Service, and can be displayed in your car window when on duty to allow you to access parking concessions in local authority owned off-road car parks and on-street bays. S long as the parking passes are completed correctly, clearly visible and following the given guidance, staff will not receive Parking Charge Notices (PCNs) and therefore will not be fined.

The full guidance can be found here.

Covid-19 Training Webinars Available

In response to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 and the need to prepare additional front-line staff to care for patients with acute respiratory symptoms, Health Education England have organised and funded 2 series of online training which are both accessible via 2 hour Webinars.

These webinars are delivered by the University of Huddersfield and will be repeated over a number of dates subject to demand. To book your free place on one of these webinars, select the topic you are interested in below to see available dates and times.


The topics of these webinars are:

Covid-19: Management of acute respiratory symptoms

Covid-19: Transmission and infection control