Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership receives grant to help improve care

The following news release was issued by Healthcare Improvement Scotland as the 2018 ihub Improvement Fund Awards grants to 10 initiatives in Scotland.

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership has been awarded a grant from Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub Improvement Fund. 

The fund supports services to test and develop innovative practices that can contribute to the delivery of the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes. Now in its second year, it allows Healthcare Improvement Scotland to work in partnership to develop new ideas, test and evaluate these locally and then share the learning nationally to help improve health and social care for people across Scotland. 

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership has been awarded £69,718 for a project being taken forward in partnership with ‘Voices of Carers Across Lothian’. The fund will help to embed an Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) approach and reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions by 10% within 18 care homes by March 2019.  Anticipatory Care Planning improves patient care by enabling individuals and the  health and social care professionals who support them to ‘think ahead’, ensuring they are able to make informed choices about their care. 

Amanda Fox, Programme Manager for Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership’s Long Term Conditions Programme and project lead said:  “We are delighted to be working with the ihub. Their improvement support will be invaluable as we work with partners to improve Anticipatory Care Planning. Together we aim to support people with complex needs to think ahead about what matters to them, ensuring they have greater control and choice should their condition deteriorate.”

Ruth Glassborow, Director of Improvement Support and ihub, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said:  “We were excited to receive so many excellent applications for the ihub’s 2018 Improvement Fund.  The number and quality of applications demonstrates the continued commitment from teams across Scotland to making measurable improvements to health and social care services.  Congratulations to all of the recipients, we look forward to working with them over the coming year to capture the learning from their experiences and share it across Scotland.”

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