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We need to look beyond the traditional core of volunteers to maximize the benefit to patients and families

The NHS relies on local people not only to work in our services, support patients when they are ill and help them recover afterwards, but also on local volunteers who add value and support in a multitude of ways.

Older woman hospital volunteering standing outside hospital.

Neil Churchill, Director of Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England, welcomes our review of community contributions in later life and asks what it means for the NHS.