Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS), the partnership of health and social care organisations in the region, has been selected by the Health Foundation – an independent charity – to be part of its new programme supporting health care providers to enable faster and more effective uptake of innovations and improvements, which will create long lasting impact for patients and patients care.
The Adopting Innovation programme is supporting four innovation hubs with funding of up to £475,000 each for two and a half years.
Dorset ICS (Our Dorset) and its partners successfully secured the top award, with the hub being hosted by University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (UHD).
Innovations which can help meet Dorset’s priority health and wellbeing challenges, improve patient care, and save the NHS time and money, will be adopted, and used throughout the system. The innovations will help health, social care, and other services in the county – such as housing – meet the complex health needs of Dorset’s older population, health inequalities, and variation in life and healthy life expectancy. Other important areas will be help for the workforce, COVID response, winter planning and exploring digital innovations.
The hub will also help address inequalities, which have been exacerbated during the pandemic; and will support recovery, while ensuring new innovative models of care, including digital technologies, do not exclude members of the population.
Dr Karen Kirkham, integrated care system clinical lead in Dorset, said: “The Innovation Hub will give us the opportunity to adapt innovations best suited to meeting Dorset’s clinical priorities, and to spread these across Dorset, to provide equity of service, reduce health inequalities and improve care for patients.”
Phil Richardson, chief system integration officer at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Dorset ICS is delighted that we will have an Innovation Hub to harness our system’s skills and expertise in health and care innovation. The Innovation Hub firmly sets the cornerstone of our ambition to create an organic Living laboratory as a place where ICS partners, industry and business imagine and deliver innovative solutions that improve people’s lives.”
Richard Renaut, chief transformation and strategy officer at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thrilled by this boost to our ambitions. This will help us adopt and spread proven innovations across all sectors in Dorset, both faster and further. Together with our partners, this will mean we can provide better care for our population.”
Bill Gillespie, chief executive at Wessex Academic Health Science Network, said: “The Innovation Hub will be an excellent conduit for helping spot and spread the best innovations to improve patient care in Dorset. The AHSN looks forward to working with partners in Dorset to establish the Hub over the next few months.”
Will Warburton, Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation, said: “This is a unique opportunity for the four innovation hubs to create change to improve patient care. It comes at a time where the NHS needs to accelerate effective uptake of new ideas to meet the challenges of delivering care to all who need it during the pandemic.”
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