A GROUP of service user and carer involvement scheme volunteers from our Trust have come together to write a song @5BoroughsNHS

A GROUP of service user and carer involvement scheme volunteers from our Trust have come together to write a song about their role on the Trust’s Internal Quality Inspections team, titled ‘We’ve Been Everywhere.’

Rewriting the lyrics to Jonny Cash’s hit ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’, the team of volunteers took to the stage at a recent Trust quality event, along with members’ of the Trust’s executive leadership team, to perform the song.

The Trust recognises that working in partnership with volunteers is a highly effective way to improve the quality of its services and volunteers play a key role in the Trust’s Internal Quality Inspections.

The inspection teams, comprising service user and carer volunteers, clinical leaders and senior managers, carry out in-depth audits of services across the Trust and then work with teams to identify areas for improvement and implement change.

5 Boroughs Partnership’s volunteers have a unique combination of skills, knowledge and experience which enables them to provide constructive challenge and input into service developments and improvements. Last year, the Trust’s Involvement Scheme supported over 100 service users and carers to safely carry out more than 8,000 hours of voluntary work in a wide range of services across the organisation.

Tracy Hill, Director of Strategy and Organisational Effectiveness at 5 Boroughs Partnership, joined volunteers on stage at the event to sing ‘We’ve been everywhere’.

She said: “Our volunteers rewrote the lyrics to ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ to illustrate that they’ve quite literally been everywhere at the Trust. We decided to get everyone together again to record the song as a bit of Christmas fun but also to reinforce the message that we truly value our volunteers and the fantastic work they do across the Trust day in, day out”. 

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