Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has been selected as one of just 23 successful proposals that have been awarded funding as part of The Health Foundation’s Innovating for Improvement programme, which aims to improve health and social care by redesigning processes, practices and models of delivery.
Cardiff and Vale UHB will receive £73,300 to support the implementation and evaluation of its Alliancing project, which aims to transform patient experience by changing conversations around care. The programme will run for 15 months from February 2019 as part of the Shaping Our Future Wellbeing transformation and improvement strategy.
The core objective of the project is to create integrated alliances of relevant staff from multiple health disciplines and partner organisations – including primary care, secondary care, voluntary sector and other public sector bodies – to discuss improvements to service delivery as inspired by a similar project undertaken by the Canterbury District Health Board in New Zealand.
Crucially, the representatives in each alliance are from the front line of care. Guided by the principle that they’re representing a clinical or specialist perspective rather than their organisation or department, the group leaves their operational ‘baggage’ at the door to put all of their focus into the best outcome for the patient. The pilot scheme focuses on Community Falls Prevention and will be supported by data intelligence and community design workshops with the general public.
Ruth Jordan, Head of Continuous Service Improvement at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded funding by the Health Foundation to put our Alliancing vision into action. We want to change the conversation around patient care to develop partnership working amongst front line staff and remove operational silos that can slow down progress. In removing operational barriers, all focus can be placed firmly on the patient and their needs.
“Ultimately, it’s hoped that this approach will become the mechanism by which front line staff determine the development of services across the Health System.”
Sarah Henderson, Assistant Director of Improvement Programmes at The Health Foundation, said: “We’re excited to support this project, one of twenty three that have been developed by frontline teams to improve health and social care across the UK. “We are looking forward to working with the teams to develop their innovative ideas, put them into practice, and gather evidence about how their projects are improving care for patients.”