Voluntary Health Scotland members met online to reflect on the year and look at priorities for 2022
Tuesday 25 of January
The wide-ranging discussion covered organisations’ individual services and workstreams, alongside more general experiences of remote and hybrid working. Members noted homeworking allowed for some people to increase their capacity as travel time was saved, while also recognising the intensity of back-to-back online meetings. Multiple people outlined how the pandemic had affected their service delivery and there was a significant conversation about challenges for volunteering within the NHS. The importance of recognising people’s living situations when trying to design care and support was discussed, especially the advantages of “chat services” as opposed to virtual appointments. Policy priorities for the year ahead were also raised, primarily with regards to the National Care Service. The main challenge raised by organisations was the inability to plan priorities, work patterns and events for the year ahead due to the volatility of the pandemic.
As we look ahead to 2022, the big question that remains for a lot of us is “what will the next year look like?”
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