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BSMHFT signs up to pilot new way of working in health and social care in Solihull

Published: 15/07/2015


Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of four organisations behind Solihull’s integrated care programme, ICASS, to have signed an agreement with Caradigm, the leader in enterprise population health, to pilot a new way of working across health and social care.

The agreement opens the door to a 12 month pilot scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, which will help health and social care teams in Solihull to work together more effectively, creating a truly joined up health and social care economy.

Speaking on behalf of ICASS leaders, Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, explains the significance of the agreement. “There are already some great examples of health and social care teams working together in Solihull – such as our award winning Supported Integrated Discharge (SID) service. Through this new agreement with Caradigm we will be able to build on those existing ways of working to ensure everyone involved in a person’s care has access to the right information at the right time. This is another way of making sure that we put people’s needs at the centre of our health and care system.”

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John Short, our Chief Executive said: “'We are committed to the increasing partnership of public sector agencies working together in Solihull. Today is another step in that direction.  There is a real commitment to putting Solihull citizens first and public sector agencies working together to support them.”

Ian James, Director of Communities and Adult Social Care for Solihull Council,  continues: “People who use care and support services in Solihull have made it clear that they only want to tell their story once and want to feel that their care comes from one team, regardless of which organisation the staff actually work for. Working with Caradigm and using their technology and experience will help us to develop smarter ways of working together which will benefit people receiving our services, their carers and the staff involved.”

Andrew Foster, Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Trust says: “The initiative will be another step in the increasingly close working across the public sector in Solihull and the move to Solihull Hospital expanding its role in the health and wellbeing of the community".

Richard Craven, Vice President and Managing Director for Caradigm EMEA comments: “Solihull recognises that the next stage to achieving integrated care is to use automation and IT as an enabler. By automating workflow and co-ordinating care across all stakeholders, not only will the day-to-day patient experience improve, but the whole Solihull care system will also gain valuable efficiencies. We are extremely impressed at the level of commitment shown by Solihull and are proud to be involved in its vision to transform the way population health is managed.”

The Integrated Care and Support Solihull (ICASS) programme was formed in Solihull from the aspiration of local health and social care organisations to be pioneers of integration for older people. Established last year, ICASS is a partnership between Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.