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A Better Local Care project in the Totton, Hythe and Waterside area has been awarded funding by the Health Foundation

11 November 2016

A project to create a single point of access for patient referrals across the Totton, Hythe and Waterside area has been given a cash boost of £66,000 by independent health care charity, the Health Foundation.

Better Local Care in Hampshire has been selected to be part of the charity’s £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement. The programme will run for fifteen months and each project will receive funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project.

By bringing primary, social and community care together across the Totton, Hythe and Waterside area, the project will improve patient experience and reduce hospital admissions. Patients will find that with the new system referrals should be completed more quickly than with the current way of working.

Over the course of the programme the team will develop the idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care, with a view to create a model that can be easily implemented elsewhere.

Sarah Olley, General Manager for Better Local Care (Totton, Hythe and Waterside), said, “We are really excited to have been recognised by the Health Foundation with this award, which will help us to accelerate the role out of this model across our area. We hope that this work will make a positive difference to the way patients receive care across Totton, Hythe and Waterside.”

Andy Powell, GP Lead for Totton and Waterside, said, “I am delighted that we have been chosen by the Health Foundation for this award. We are all aware that the provision of health and social care can, for some patients, be fragmented and this award will support our work in designing a system, with the patient at the centre, that will provide more seamless support and care.”

Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation said, “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas. As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.”

The fifth round of the Innovating for Improvement programme is supporting 22 health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice. 

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For more information please contact Emma Abdulaal from the communications team on 023 8087 4209 or email emma.abdulaal@southernhealth.nhs.uk