Working together to support you home

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Piktochart SuH imageIn Solihull we are improving the way we support people leaving hospital (from Solihull and Birmingham Heartlands). Some people stay in hospital longer than they need and it isn’t good for them. We want to ensure that people can return home safely with the right support in place for them, their families and carers. Health and social care teams in the community and in the hospitals are working together in Solihull to make this happen. This new approach is called SupportUHome.

Jenny Wood, Director of Adult Care and Support at Solihull Council and Jonathan Brotherton, Director of Operations at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust are leading SupportUHome. Below they explain why this new approach is needed, how it will make a difference and celebrate an early SupportUHome success story.

SMBC Chief Exec takes over as Solihull Together Chair

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Nick Page SMBC Chief Exec

Nick Page, Chief Executive of Solihull Council, has recently taken over as Chair of the Solihull Together Programme Board. 

Here he shares his views about the programme, its importance to the borough and some of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Patrick Brooke steps down as Solihull Together Chair

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Patrick Brooke photo Aug 2016 webPatrick Brooke has stepped down from his role as Chair of the Solihull Together Board.   This coincides with his departure from Solihull CCG, as their Accountable Officer, and developments across Birmingham and Solihull CCGs to appoint an interim Chief Executive Officer to cover all three organisations.

Patrick explains: “This is a decision of mixed emotion for me.  As we enter a transitional period in commissioning with Birmingham, I believe it is the right time for me to hand on the baton of leadership to someone new.   I shall be sad to leave behind many friends and colleagues in Solihull but at the same time excited to have the opportunity to take on new challenges and opportunities.

I am leaving Solihull in the knowledge that together we have placed it on a stronger platform from which it can deliver a long term sustainable model of quality healthcare for all its citizens.  There is much to celebrate and I am immensely proud of all that we have achieved.”  

Nick Page, Chief Executive of Solihull Council, is taking over as Chair of the Solihull Together Board with immediate effect.

Introducing Catherine Gulati, Care Navigator

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Catherine care navigatorv2"Since starting in the role of Care Navigator in November 2016, I’m really enjoying getting to know people in their homes and finding ways to help them.

I’m based in two GP practices and they identify patients who are over 65 and need more support at home. By visiting the patients, I spend time learning about how they cope with many aspects of life; I also check their homes for fall risks, give advice on preventing falls, refer to specialist services and help people get to social activities.

Everyone has been very welcoming – the patients, their relatives, the GPs and the GP practices’ staff. With each patient, I’ve been able to give information and access to services that they didn’t know about before."

Local MP visits new Urgent Primary Care site at Solihull Hospital

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Dame Caroline Spelman, Member of Parliament for the Meriden Constituency visited the new Urgent Primary Care service at Solihull Hospital. Following the closure of the temporary Walk-In Centre building on Solihull Hospital site last October, the new service has been located alongside the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) - a move which brought Solihull’s urgent care services under one roof.







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