People Source’s NHS Team launch free-to-use national service for skilled IT workers to volunteer their time to support NHS organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the enormous success of the GoodSAM volunteering initiative, People Source has gone live with its own free-to-use NHS IT volunteering service – www.keyworkervolunteer.co.uk.
Within 48 hours of the platform going live, the service has helped the NHS find a much-needed IT volunteer for a hospital in London and now, just 1 week later, keyworkervolunteer.co.uk is supporting hospitals across the UK with their IT volunteering needs.
An NHS IT Director in London recently commented: “Bravo! This keyworker volunteer website is incredibly helpful to NHS IT departments for finding the IT staff we need to keep our information systems going for our heroic doctors and nurses. Thank you People Source!”
The idea is very simple – the site acts as an online community for IT volunteers to offer their time to the NHS and as a channel for NHS Trusts to communicate the support they’re missing so those with relevant skill sets can quickly connect and go on site with that trust.
This is a call for all skilled IT workers to register and support our NHS. It is very simple to sign up as a volunteer, just head to the website and click “find a position” or “sign in” to register. If you are an NHS trust that has a requirement, select “post position” – it really is that simple. The service is completely free for all parties and costs are covered by People Source.
The platform was the idea of David Wylie, People Source e-health director. David and his team quickly worked with a web design company to launch the service in less than a week, and since it went live, we have seen an increasing number of volunteers registering on the website each day. A recent advert on the site for IT Support Volunteers in London generated over 1200+ responses. David and our Healthcare recruitment team are leading this project and expressed that if an NHS organisation is not getting the right volunteers then they will go one step further and try to source volunteers themselves for free.
Quote from David Wylie, People Source e-health director: “I would be delighted if the platform can benefit NHS IT teams across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. For it to be successful we firstly need people to know that the platform exists (so please share the URL with your NHS colleagues!) Secondly, we need the NHS to publish their requirements and lastly, and most importantly, we need volunteers to sign up.”