The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has released a statement giving its full support for the engagement of health professionals in volunteering.

Today, The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has released a statement supporting the encouragement of volunteering among health care professionals in the UK. The Academy, which represents all of the Royal Medical Colleges and their faculties said in their statement:

'Volunteering in low resource healthcare settings provides one of the several ways that UK
healthcare professionals can increase their expertise in global health. In combination with a
career in the NHS, volunteering can provide additional value to the individual and the NHS
as well as making a critical contribution to improving health in developing countries.'

The Department of Health and Department for International Development commented:

'The Department of Health and Department for International Development welcome the Academy’s statement on Volunteering and the work of the Academy’s International Forum in this area. Volunteers can get significant benefits from working abroad, enhancing their skills and knowledge and experience.'

As a champion of volunteering, its benefits for UK health professionals and the NHS in general, THET welcomes the Academy's statement.

Read the full statement.