At the start of the pandemic in 2020, due to the heavy restrictions Trusts had to put in place to reduce footfall and transmission, we had to say a temporary good-bye to a very special group of colleagues, our volunteers. It gave me so much joy to see them return this week – especially as it is Volunteers’ Week.
I am so proud of the work carried out by our fabulous volunteers, as well as those who have come on board to support the vaccination centres. Every volunteer makes a positive difference to those who access our services, so I’d like to give a huge thank you to them all and our partners across the voluntary sector. The Volunteers are by our side every step of the way in helping us provide the very best care and support to those who need our help and services.
I am sure I can speak for all my colleagues at BTH when I say we are incredibly proud and delighted to welcome back all our volunteers to the BTH family.
On a personal note, no doubt you are aware of the news regarding my new role at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. There will now be a handover period between the three Trusts to ensure a smooth transition for all colleagues and services. I am, of course, very much looking forward to continuing to work with all my colleagues through the provider collaboration work.