Wed, 23 Dec 2009
The Faculty of Health has played a key role in winning Department of Health funding for health care improvements
The Faculty of Health at the University of East Anglia, has played a key role in winning Department of Health funding which will help drive improvements in the provision of health care for the elderly in Norfolk and Waveney.
A new health partnership, Norfolk and Waveney Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC), of which the University of East Anglia is a core member, has been awarded Department of Health funding in a national competitive bidding process. Norfolk and Waveney HIEC will combine its skills and experience to accelerate the coordination of health and social care for older people, in mental health, acute services, long-term conditions and end of life care.
Along with the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Waveney HIEC, comprises a core membership of Norfolk Community Health and Care, NHS Norfolk, Norfolk County Council, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, City College Norwich and James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Organisations from outside the public sector, including Archant, the publisher of regional and local newspapers, are also involved.
The Partnership will work to bring the benefits of research and innovation, such as assistive technologies, directly to patients more quickly and effectively. It will take a lead in work force development and share best practice from across the United Kingdom and Europe. Norfolk and Waveney will also become a model for other areas of the UK with similar demographics.
Professor Ian Harvey, Dean of the Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia, said, “We are very pleased to have helped secure this award in what was a highly competitive process. The Faculty of Health’s expertise in both research and education will be vital ingredients in the Partnership’s future success. We are looking forward to meeting the challenges and being part of a team which will bring significant and speedier improvements in health care for patients.”
The Partnership’s bid document highlighted the local challenges, including a startling 18 year life expectancy gap for men between the best and worst off in our communities.
Speaking for all the partners, Hadrian Ball, Medical Director for Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is fantastic news for the Norfolk and Waveney health and social care system. The creation of this HIEC will enable local NHS and social care organisations and partners from independent and educational sectors to effectively develop plans that will address the specific health challenges - health needs of an ageing population - that will face the people of Norfolk and Waveney during the coming 5 -10 years.”
The funding awarded to the Norfolk and Waveney HIEC is £650,000. The Partnership is one of 17 successful applicants across the country chosen by an Independent Award Panel Chaired by Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which awarded a total of over £11 million.