BSMHFT embracing innovation as leaders of major new trials to improve patient care

January 25, 2016

From Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Patients in Birmingham and Solihull will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care.
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will be leading the way in NHS innovation, as part of a pioneering “Test Bed” with partners including Accenture, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Joint Commissioning Team, The Strategy unit hosted by Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Police.
Frontline health and care workers in Birmingham and Solihull will pioneer and evaluate an innovative project, RAIDPlus Integrated Mental Health Urgent Care Test Bed, to achieve predictive, preventative, integrated and efficient urgent care services for patients who are most at risk of a mental health crisis, and support their relatives and carers.
The project, along with six others from around the country, will be unveiled by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos today (Friday 22nd).
It is part of the first wave of NHS Test Beds, collaborations between the NHS and innovators which aim to harness technology to address some of the most complex issues facing patients and the health service.  Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt and adapt to the particular needs of their local populations.
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