Over the past three years plans have been underway to introduce a new urgent care centre at Solihull Hospital. This is to streamline the current services which are offered across three services located in and around the hospital site.
It was celebrations all round yesterday as organisers announced the winners of the second Solihull Together for better lives awards at an inspiring ceremony in the Renewal Conference Centre.
The awards were created in 2015 to recognise and celebrate outstanding work by individuals and organisations in Solihull to support vulnerable and frail people in the borough.
Solihull’s first anniversary as a Vanguard was marked by a blog post by Bernadette Faulkner, Commissioning Redesign Manager for Long Term Conditions at Solihull CCG. In it, Bernie talks about a collaboration with Age UK Solihull to deliver a care pathway for those who have suffered a fall. The programme supports people to regain mobility and, critically, their confidence so they can enjoy maximum independence.
Bernie also reflects on the challenges of working across organisational boundaries, but asserts the benefits to patients as a result.
Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer at Solihull CCG and Nick Page, Chief Executive at Solihull Council joined NHS chiefs at The King’s Fund to discuss solutions to the big health and social care sustainability challenge. The workshop focussed on how leaders of local health and care systems can collaborate; combining efforts and resources to modernise care that’s fit for the local areas they serve.
Patrick and Nick presented the Solihull perspective at a workshop attended by around 100 people. During the slot, Solihull’s health and council leads talked about the barriers and enablers to bringing about change – change that results in better outcomes for local people and places the NHS on a more sustainable footing. Joel Ratnasothy, Vice President at Caradigm Health also spoke about how his company is helping Solihull to build on the shared commitment and vision for integrated care in Solihull. Part of the ICASS programme oversees the development of a population-wide health system that should give health and social care workers a picture of a person’s health and risk of future ill-health at the touch of a button.
The King’s Fund was very complimentary about Solihull’s presentation, which all added to the learning and debate enjoyed by delegates at the workshop. See the full presentation and workshop agenda.
Solihull’s brand new Better Living Centre has opened its doors! Run by Solihull Council in partnership with Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Solihull Community Housing, the centre aims to help people remain as independent as possible in their own homes and avoid a stay in hospital. The centre showcases aids, equipment and gadgets to help with comfort, mobility and safety. Daily tasks such as preparing food and drinks can become difficult for those with mobility issues, but the kit on show at the centre can make these tasks as simple as possible.
Find out more at: solihull.mylifeportal.co.uk/betterlivingcentre/ or watch this video to preview the centre:
The Better Living Centre was also featured on the region’s Big Centre TV channel. See its news report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg1KdAeLCSQ