1st September 2015 – Trailblazers set to improve health and wellbeing of care home residents under national spotlight

Posted on September 1, 2015 by AireAdmin No Comments

A new model of care, being designed in Yorkshire and Lancashire to improve the health of residents in care homes, will be under the national spotlight next week.

It is being showcased at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 15 – a two-day extravaganza focussed on transforming health and social care services. The event will be held at Manchester Central Convention Centre, 2 and 3 September, attracting around 5,000 delegates from across the country.

The new model of care is being developed locally by partners from the NHS, local authorities, care homes, technology and academia.  Named Airedale and Partners, the partnership was selected last April to take a national lead on transforming care for patients and brings together input from more than a dozen organisations from health and social care services, care home providers, technology specialists and academics working across Airedale, Bradford, Craven, East Lancashire and Wharfefdale.

They put together a successful bid to become one of the first 29 vanguard sites and won a share of a £200m transformation fund. Their bid was chosen from 269 groups of nurses, doctors and other health and social care staff from across the country, who put forward their ideas for how they want to redesign care in their areas to significantly improve patients’ experiences of local healthcare.

Airedale and Partners will deliver a workshop at Expo15, alongside the vanguard Better Health and Care for Sunderland, at 12 noon on Thursday 3 September. The aim is to share their learning and help others make effective changes within their organisations. Nurse consultant Rachel Binks, of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, will represent the partnership and focus on how to use telemedicine to improve care for patients in care homes. The session will also discuss making better use of innovative technology in relation to the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Rachel will also be giving a talk about how they plan to improve the quality of life and end of life care for thousands of nursing and care home residents between 12.45 – 1pm on Wednesday 2 September.

Rachel, who represents Airedale and Partners, said: “Our partnership aims to help residents improve their health and wellbeing – particularly older, vulnerable people who are most at risk of getting sick, using technology to improve the care they receive.

“In the future we are looking at delivering more specialist services into care homes, such as mental health and physiotherapy. Our aim is to help residents remain active and independent and reduce hospital admissions, Emergency Department attendance and GP visits by providing a more personalised service, which is safer, more responsive and reduces duplication.

“We are delighted to be taking part in Expo15 as it gives us a great opportunity to showcase our innovative model of care, share our knowledge and learn from others about the care they are providing so that we can improve health and social care for future generations.”

Between 1.30pm – 4pm on Wednesday, delegates can visit Airedale and Partners in the New Models of Care zone where they will be demonstrating telemedicine using a live secure video link to senior nurses at the Telehealth Hub at Airedale Hospital. The experienced nursing team support residents who are sick so they can remain in their care home if possible, rather than travel to hospital. They use remote technology to monitor people on screen to stop them from becoming ill or provide care earlier. Patients have 24 hour care, seven days a week, at the touch of a button, which improves their experience of health and care services and enables them to have fewer trips to hospital; a single point of access to health and social care services; specialist advice day or night; and access to services closer to home.They receive a tailored, personal service that is more responsive and reduces duplication. Clinicians at Airedale Hospital have teamed up with technical experts from Involve to form a joint venture – Immedicare – that delivers this telemedicine service.

Expo 15 is hosted by NHS England and is attended by representatives from health and care, the voluntary sector, local government, and industry as a prime networking opportunity to share ideas and support the transformation of health and care services. It offers more than 150 workshops and will host the second Kate Granger Compassion in Care Awards. For more informationhttp://www.england.nhs.uk/expo/expo15/

Notes to Editors:

The participating partners are:


  • Clinical Commissioning Groups: Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven; Bradford City; Bradford Districts and East Lancashire
  • Local Authorities: Bradford Council; North Yorkshire County Council, Lancashire County Council
  • NHS Providers: Airedale NHS FT; Bradford Hospitals NHS FT; Bradford District Care Trust; East Lancashire NHS Trust; GP Providers/Federations
  • Academic Partners: University of Bradford; York Health Economics Consortium
  • Independent Sector: Care Home providers;
  • Technical and technology partners; Involve; TPP; Immedicare and Dynamic Health Systems


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