NHS Tayside invited volunteers from across Angus to attend a reception at Stracathro Hospital last Thursday.
They wanted to thank them for their contributions to the health service.
The volunteers were welcomed by Chairman Sandy Watson, who also awarded long service awards to a large number of those attending.
Mr Watson thanked all the volunteers for their contributions and for taking the time to become involved in the health service in Tayside before presenting awards to those with 5, 10 and 15 years’ volunteer service.
There are over 900 volunteers in NHS Tayside who can be found working alongside staff on many hospital wards and helping to support self-management groups in local communities, complementing the way in which health services are delivered.
At the awards ceremony a representative of Volunteer Development Scotland presented the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ award to Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP). This award is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work and was accepted by Elizabeth Forsyth vice-chair of Angus CHP.
The ‘Investors in Volunteers’ award highlights NHS Tayside’s commitment to supporting volunteers in their roles and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to the induction and training of all volunteers across the organisation.
Mr Watson said, “We are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers who, by giving up their free time, are involved in providing a huge contribution to the health service across NHS Tayside.
“These awards acknowledge how significant their role is in helping to improve patient experience and I would like to thank them for their continued commitment, enthusiasm and support.
“We are delighted that Angus CHP, along with NHS Tayside Board, Delivery Unit, Dundee CHP and Perth & Kinross CHP, has gained the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ award.
Each health board in Scotland is required to attain ‘Investing in Volunteers’ status and NHS Tayside has done so ahead of NHS Scotland’s target date of March 2011.”