27th November 2015 – Local premiere of ‘Power of People’ to celebrate innovation in the NHS
Over 150 people turned out to local premiere of ‘Bringing Healthcare Home’ – an inspirational film about a service run from Airedale Hospital which helps people who may be in the last years of their life.
It was shown today at Keighley Picturehouse and is part of the ‘Power of People’ – a series of mini documentaries which bring health care improvement to life and show the personal storied behind change.
The films commissioned by the Health Foundation an independent healthcare charity, depict health care professionals and patients working together to tackle the challenges faced by the NHS. They were launched at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London last month (October).
For five weeks, the Health Foundation have been launching one film each week on their website and today ‘Bringing Healthcare Home’ was released nationally at http://www.health.org.uk/gold-line
Gold Line provides a 24-hour nurse-led telephone advice, support and co-ordination service for patients with a series illness. This innovative service was created in partnership with patients, their carers, GPs, commissioners, and Manorlands and was made possible through support from The Health Foundation.
The audience, which included the Mayor of Keighley Councillor Javaid Akhtar; people working in health and social care, care homes and the voluntary service; families who have used Gold Line and local residents, came to the special screening to see the tremendous, positive impact that the provision of good health care can have on people’s lives.
They had the opportunity to put questions to a panel made up of people who set up the Gold Line service, run it and were involved in making the film.
Dr Linda Wilson, consultant in palliative medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our Gold Line service is about providing compassionate care to a group of people who are probably at their most vulnerable.
“We only have one chance to help people make their death as good as it can be. Thank you to the patients and their carers who have helped us to designed this service and make this film, they gave up their time willingly, often when they were very poorly.
“Our service has helped us to allow more people to die at home or in their care home – which is what most of them want – and reduced the number of service users who die in hospital.
“We are delighted with these high quality films and hope that they will inspire others to learn and innovate.”
The Health Foundation commissioned award-winning Lightbox Entertainment to produce ‘Power of People’ featuring five innovative projects that they have supported to improve care. The company has worked on documentaries such as Man on Wire and Keeping Britain Alive – which placed over 100 cameras across Britain’s NHS on a single day. Hollywood director James Kent, known for his film Testament of Youth produced the film about the Gold Line service.
All the films are available on the Health Foundation’s website by visiting www.health.org.uk/powerofpeople. You can give your feedback on Twitter by using #THFpowerofpeople.
Will Warburton, director of Improvement at The Health Foundation, said: ““These films show what can be achieved when people are given the time and resources to transform and improve patient care. The Health Foundation helped to get these projects off the ground, and we’re proud of what they’ve achieved.
“There is a lot of excellent work being done in the NHS and beyond, and it’s important to celebrate that. We hope these films will be shared widely and help others to recognise the power in themselves to generate change.”