2nd December 2015 – Airedale Team Attend Downing Street Reception
Representatives from Airedale attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street last month (Monday 23 November).
Helen Bourner, Programme Director for the Airedale and Partners vanguard and Rachel Binks, nurse consultant, digital and acute care from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff at the event. They were also joined by patients and patient representatives.
Helen and Rachel are part of the Airedale and Partners ‘enhanced health in care homes’ programme – one of 50 ‘vanguards’ helping to deliver the Fiver Year Forward View, the vision for the future of the NHS.
Vanguards are leading on developing new care models that will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system across the country. The aim is to make health, care and support services more accessible, more responsive (less waiting time for patients) and more effective. Care will be better coordinated and closer to home.
Airedale and Partners – as the programme is known – is investing £1.1million (this year) to enhance the health of residents in care homes across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven and East Lancashire by using technology, such as telemedicine, to integrate services and provide immediate access to expert opinion and diagnosis, where appropriate. It also aims to support individual independence and improve the quality of life of residents by focusing on proactive rather than responsive care and delivering more specialist services into care homes.
For residents this could mean, for example, fewer trips to hospital; a single point of access to health, care and other specialist services day or night; access to services closer to their care home and a tailored personal service that is more responsive and reduces duplication.
The programme brings together more than a dozen organisations from health and social care services, care home providers, technology specialists and academics.
Rachel Binks, nurse consultant, digital and acute care from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “It was amazing to have the opportunity to share the fantastic work that our digital care hub, as part of the Airedale and Partners vanguard, is undertaking to enhance the health of residents in care homes and to also meet other innovators.”
Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “I wanted to get you together to say a really big thank you, because I’m very proud of our NHS, I’m passionate about our NHS – as this whole Government is – we want it to be a real exemplar around the world.
“The agendas you’re pursuing of better service for patients, integrating care in different pathways, making sure we make the most of science and innovation, that’s the way – combined with the money – to have an NHS we can be even more proud of in five years’ time and that’s why I’m standing here trying to do for our country. So thank you.”
Samantha Jones, Director, New Care Models Programme, said: “The new care model vanguards are helping to shape the future of health and care services across England. The team from Airedale are playing a vital role, implementing new ways of working which will improve the care patients and their families receive.
“This event is just one of many ways we are celebrating their important work and sharing their plans with other people across the wider health and care services”.
The NHS Five Year Forward View is a partnership between NHS England, Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.