Board agrees priorities for 2018-19

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The Solihull Together Board has agreed a set of innovative priorities for 2018/19 which recognise the importance of aligning health and care priorities with wider opportunities to improve the lives of Solihull residents through developments associated with inclusive economic growth, transport, housing and sport. There will also be an explicit focus on mental health.

Priorities will be delivered through the Solihull Together programme. Some are existing Solihull Together workstreams while others are new to the programme and still at early stages of development.

  • SupportUHome - existing workstream
  • OPAL Solihull and Solihull Community Gateway (Integrated Decision Hub) - existing workstream
  • Falls - This is a new priority for the Solihull Together programme although the Falls project group has been working together for some time. The workstream aims to develop a pathway and services to identify, risk assess and provide interventions for people over 65 who are at risk of falling, have had a fall or a falls-related injury. There are considerable system-wide benefits to reducing risk and injury from falls. Project manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Locality Working. This new workstream will develop work already started to facilitate joint working across agencies including Solihull Community Housing, Solihull Council and West Midlands Police, to improve outcomes for people living in Solihull. It will focus on pro-active planning, leadership and problem solving at locality level. For this work, Solihull has been divided into 3 ‘locality’ areas: north, east and west. Project manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Reducing physical inactivity. This is a Sport England Local Delivery pilot and a Birmingham and Solihull collaboration. The aim is to reduce physical inactivity by taking a whole system approach. The pilot in north Solihull and east Birmingham will focus on working with communities to develop local opportunities to reduce inactivity and remove barriers to people becoming more active. Project lead: Ian Mather, Public Health, Solihull Council
  • 0-25s. This new workstream will inform the development of an integrated strategic commissioning plan for children and young people’s services. It will involve schools, Public Health, NHS and social care. It will include a focus on children and young people with autism and the development of the local offer for care leavers in Solihull. Project lead: Sally Hodges, Director of Children’s Services, Solihull Council

Introducing the OPAL Solihull team

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Team photo June 2018

More than 40 health and care professionals attended an awareness day about UHB's new OPAL Solihull service and the work of Solihull Community Services.

Older Person’s Assessment and Liaison (OPAL) is the new name for the Frailty Advice and Support Team (FAST).  The innovative service, based at Solihull Hospital, is now being relaunched and expanded. More staff have been recruited as part of OPAL’s work to offer better care to older people while ensuring only necessary admissions to hospital.

Photo caption: Members of the OPAL team. L-R: Sarah Flynn, Dr Teresa Quigley, Dr Katrina Davies, Julie Gough, Rachael Hannon, Josie Braga, Marie Ashford, Cheryl Mason, Samantha Fawcett and Angela Edward

New name for Frailty Advice and Support Team (FAST)

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The Frailty Advice and Support Team (FAST), initially piloted in 2017, has become the Older Person’s Assessment and Liaison Service (OPAL).

Funding boost secures future for FAST project

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FAST team photo March 2018 smallAn innovative new service for older people living with frailty in Solihull has secured its future after a successful three month trial.

The Frailty Advice and Support Team (FAST) was set up at Solihull Hospital in October 2017 to offer better care to older people living with frailty while ensuring only necessary admissions to hospital.

Now NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG has awarded permanent funding to the project, and this means it can now recruit to a full team and be rolled out to all GPs in the Solihull area.

Caption: Members of the Frailty Advice and Support Team

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.

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