Health service reaps large benefits from volunteers, survey shows

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 21 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6998
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1 London

Every £1 (€1.20; $1.60) invested in the training and management of volunteers in hospitals in England yields services worth £11 in return, a new report by the King’s Fund has estimated.

The report, Volunteering in acute trusts in England: understanding the scale and impact, is based on the first national survey of volunteering in hospitals.1 Researchers contacted all 166 acute trusts in England and received responses from 99, a response rate of 60%.

The survey found that on average acute trusts have 471 …

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