Today marks an important step forward for the health and care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as NHS England recognises our Better Care Together partnership with investment of nearly £40 million.
Toby Sanders, Better Care Together lead said: “We are delighted to get this crucial funding to allow us to progress our plans. We have been working together as a Better Care Together partnership to ensure that our services remain clinically and financially sustainable whilst also delivering high quality care for local people.”
“The £40m will allow us to invest in our intensive care units, including a new ward at the Glenfield Hospital, and create a purpose-built acute ward for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) with a focus on eating disorders.”
“These are two of several elements of our Better Care Together proposals which require an injection of capital investment. We expect further announcements on funding to be made as part of the November budget and continue to work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to achieve this.”
John Adler, Chief Executive at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “I am delighted that we have received this vote of confidence in our plans for the future development of Leicester’s hospitals. Following the opening of our fantastic new Emergency Department at the Royal Infirmary in April and new state of the art facilities for vascular surgery at Glenfield in May, this latest investment will deliver yet more new facilities for our patients. This gives me great optimism that we will be able to deliver our complete plans over the next few years.”
Peter Miller, Chief Executive at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said: “We welcome this investment in our CAMHS inpatient facilities, enabling us to move from our temporary unit at Coalville Hospital to a permanent, more accessible base in the city. The funding will help to improve the quality of care we can provide for local children and young people with acute mental health needs. It forms a significant part of our transformation plan for improving access to and support from CAMHS services. We will have a ward co-located with other mental health services, and most importantly we will be able to offer local specialised inpatient eating disorder care for young people in the East Midlands.”
These projects build on the work that has been taking part across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. A number of positive changes already made through the partnership include:
- The new Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) opened in April and is providing top level facilities for patients who need them.
- The newly created Clinical Navigation Hub, accessible via NHS 111, which is now providing clinical advice and support with urgent care needs, making sure that only those patients who need to arrive at Leicester’s Emergency Department.
- A new Integrated Discharge Team has now been introduced to work on the busiest wards at LRI to provide expert discharge advice and assistance to ward staff to get people home as soon as they are well enough.
- A new mental health recovery network, commissioned with the third sector.
Mr Sanders ended by adding: “We published our draft plans in November and since then have been listening to the views of patients, the public and our staff. We will be publishing a final plan towards the end of the summer – when we expect to see a greater focus on prevention and early intervention and less change to our planned hospital bed capacity. We’ll be consulting on some of the aspects of that plan.”