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6 Clinical Commissioning Groups Shortlist 15 exciting and promising social ventures

Mon, 02/09/2013

Fifteen applications have been shortlisted from over a 100 high quality applications, all hoping to deliver innovative health care services across the areas of Coventry, Rugby, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Given the tight timescales, the Young Foundation project, funded by NHS Arden Commissioning Support, demonstrates’ the voluntary sector’s enthusiasm for engaging with the NHS, even when there is no direct funding at stake.

A number of striking themes emerge from the shortlist.

One of the strongest themes is care for the elderly, particularly around entry and exit to hospital care. Age UK Warwickshire’s ‘Care and Repair’ service, Crossroad’s Care Coventry and Warwickshire ‘Home from Hospital’ service and Agewell’s partnership with The Community Housing Group ‘Capacity to Care Befriending’ service, all have a focus on supporting the elderly and avoiding hospital admissions. Additionally, Sampad Southeast Asian Arts focuses on engaging those from with dementia in dance.

Overlapping these themes are services to support those with Long Term Conditions. Gateway Family Services, Diabetes UK, Weavers of Wellbeing Solutions and Freshwinds are all focused on allowing patients with long term conditions to live with their condition more effectively, take control of their lives and to avoid unplanned admissions.

Several applications focus on harder to reach and underserved groups. The Children’s Society, ASPIE, the Nuneaton & Bedworth Healthy Living Network, and Home-Start Wyre Forest all focus on groups which are less well served; respectively young migrants, adults with Asperger’s, those in areas of economic and social disadvantage, and families in distress.

Finally there are a number of projects which are less easy to categorise. Caribbean Roots Connection promotes engagement with and advocacy for the Caribbean community across Worcestershire. ELAROS 24/7 works with those with Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s). Worcester Community Trust’s ‘RE:geneate’ project supports a portfolio of social enterprises in the area – RE:fresh, RE:vive and RE:train – respectively a community café, a training facility, and a shop providing work experience to victims of domestic abuse.

As well as being a good thematic mix, the shortlist is balanced in other vital ways. It is broadly evenly split between projects in their early and late stages, providing room for both delivery and innovation. It also represents all the relevant geographies of the 6 CCGs operating across the NHS Arden area.

The list of fifteen shortlisted social ventures represents strong ideas, in areas where the social sector has the greatest potential to help the NHS:

  • The care and support that prevents illness and admission
  • Support and the promotion of self care for those with LTCs
  • Engagement with harder to reach groups and
  • Support for those with particular social problems.

The shortlist has room for ideas which are not so easily categorised, showing the social sector’s variety and innovation. As such, the shortlist is a promising start to fulfil the programme’s overall goal of producing actionable solutions from the voluntary sector which can impact the clinical commissioning priorities of the NHS.