The NHS Support Federation is a small not-for-profit organisation campaigning on a number of issues surrounding the NHS. We believe that we should all have access to high quality healthcare, free at the point of use. Our research helps to collect evidence so that we can communicate a powerful case about the impact of government policy on the NHS. Our websites enable the public to understand what is happening and provide information for campaigners working for a better NHS.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
This volunteer opportunity is based at Community Base, five minutes away from Brighton station and on a main bus route. You will be working with a small team. The hours are very flexible, with volunteers doing from 3 hours upwards.
The NHS Support Federation has websites that cover various issues surrounding the NHS, including the involvement of private companies and the impact of government policy on the NHS, including on resources and staffing. A volunteer would be closely involved with ensuring the content of these websites is up-to-date. There are two elements to this - editing and proof-reading articles for addition to our websites and on-line research to update and produce content for the websites. There is also the possibility of writing new content for the websites.
For example, a volunteer could be involved in summarising press articles and reports on the NHS for inclusion on the websites or investigating the performance of private providers and helping to build accurate profiles by gathering financial and performance information, which is then added to the websites.
There is also the possibility of a volunteer becoming involved with the analysis of data and production of reports. This might include sending freedom of information requests to NHS organisations, and collecting and presenting the responses. Our reports and data on the involvement of private companies in the NHS have been widely quoted by the national press.
What induction, training and support is offered?
Volunteers will be given training on all aspects of website content management and will always be working within a small team and be supported in their work.
What skills or qualities are needed?
The volunteers will need to have a strong interest in how the NHS works in this country, health policy and the political process. In addition, it is important that the volunteer has the ability to work accurately with good attention to detail, has a high level of motivation and initiative, good organisational skills and the ability to work well as part of a small team.More info