Right now, the Solihull Together programme is achieving change, driven by all our partners' desires to improve health and social care for Solihull people. Here are some of our current projects:
Local Area Co-ordination
Solihull is the first area in the West Midlands to introduce an approach called Local Area Co-ordination. Recruited with the involvement of local residents five Local Area Co-ordinators in Olton, Lyndon, Shirley East, Smith’s Wood and Kingshurst are providing advice, information, and support to people of all ages and their families and carers. They are also building longer term relationships with people who may be facing complex life situations.
Meet Nick Darwen, the Local Area Co-ordination manager for Solihull, who explains what the approach is all about.
Care Navigators support people to find their way through our local health and social care system and access the right services at the right time, rather than at the point of crisis. Care Navigators are based at GP surgeries in Solihull and work with patients who are referred to them, carrying out a holistic assessment, providing appropriate support and signposting before discharging the patient.
Meet some of our Care Navigators and see how they're making a big difference to people's care planning. Or, read about our current Care Navigator pilot, run with Age UK Solihull.
Integrated Decision Hub
This project is at an early stage. The aim is for the hub to be the interface between health and care professionals and the services and support they need to access on behalf of the people they care for. The hub will simplify, and remove duplication within, the health and care system and it will mean better communication between the professionals involved in someone’s care. Read more.
Activating Solihull is a new project looking at the knowledge, skills and confidence a person has to manage their own health and care. By focussing on someone’s level of activation, we can target support which is more appropriate and effective, leading to better health outcomes, improved experiences of care and few unplanned care admissions.
Solihull has successfully bid to be part of a national 5-year project on Patient Activation. Our local project is supporting people with long-term conditions, helping them to manage and make decisions about their own health and wellbeing. Read more.