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COVID-19 Impact Service

Red Kite is a not for profit community interest company formed in 2015 to deliver health and wellbeing services to the people of South Powys and surrounding area.

Formed from a collaboration of the four practices in South Powys we provide cost effective, innovative health care solutions driven by outcomes that matter to our patients.

Why do we need Red Kite?

Primary care in Wales is facing unprecedented rising demand with limited resources. It is vitally important that we make every pound we spend caring for our patients count.

South Powys was in a unique position with its four practices already meeting on a regular basis to discuss primary care, collaborating successfully to set up a South Powys Community Resource Team and Virtual Ward. Through this work it became apparent that by working together we could learn from each other, minimise waste and develop efficient local solutions to healthcare demands in the region. Red Kite is the organisation that allows us to do this successfully, introducing identified health solutions across the locality. In the changing landscape of primary care Red Kite will ensure that sustainable, innovative, high quality healthcare will be provided to the population of South Powys for the foreseeable future.

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Red Kite Health Solutions CIC supporting the community thanks to National Lottery Funding

Red Kite Health Solutions CIC in South Powys will be helping their community during this challenging time thanks to the support of National Lottery players, by allowing us to introduce a COVID-19 Impact Support Service to the patients of South Powys.

The service will be providing telephone support for patients effected by the impact of COVID-19 at a local level. Identifying shielding and non-responder patients who have not accessed services during the pandemic, or who may be reluctant to attend. Patients will be contacted by telephone and given advice relating to service provision that is available at both a primary and community level, the opportunity to discuss the safety measures in the GP practices and access to the booking of health appointments where applicable. Signposting will also be available to patients to community and third sector services in their local area, particularly in response to mental health and the impact of lockdown and isolation.

The aim is to improve the wellbeing for South Powys, during what has been, and will continue to be a difficult period on a global level. 

Red Kite Health Solutions CIC successfully applied for a People and Places Grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

Siân Jones, Business & Development Manager at Red Kite Health Solutions CIC said;

‘We are delighted to receive this grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, which will go a long way in supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of the population In South Powys’

‘Our aim is to promote and increase the uptake of crucial health checks as well as signposting to available health and wellbeing services and we are thrilled to be able to offer this service thanks to the National Lottery and the public’

The National Lottery Community Fund is prioritising grant application for community activity related to COVID-19. To find out more visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/wales

Insight - February 2023

Getting the model right – A perspective from Red Kite Community Interest Company

We recently spent some time chatting with Sian Jones who is the Business Development Manager for Red Kite Health Solutions Community Interest Company (CIC) about the development and running one of the growing numbers of not-for-profit community interest companies in primary care in Wales.

Red Kite Health Solutions is a social enterprise that delivers health and wellbeing services to the South Powys population. It is a non-profit organisation, set up as a collaboration of four GP practices in South Powys.

The organisation consists of four GP directors who sit on the board of Red Kite. Each of the directors is a partner in one of the four practices that makes up the South Powys cluster. The 46 remaining GP partners across the cluster area in South Powys are members of the organisation. At its inception the cluster wanted to really look at how they could scale up their objectives and move things at scale and pace which is where the idea came from to set up the CIC as a delivery vehicle for health and well-being services.

Our primary goal is to support the sustainability of primary care and offer services that improve the health and wellbeing of the population. We are able to fill gaps within the cluster working or offer alternative solutions where there are identified gaps in service provision. For example, if certain practices or contractors have problems, we can provide support and/or staff. We work across the cluster footprint; we are a delivery vehicle for services, and we share our staff, ideas and services across the cluster.

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Read about the most recent Red Kite Activities in our Chairman’s Report

Red Kite Health Solutions has been registered as a Community Interest Company since 26th November 2015, with the first employee being employed on 1st June 2016. During 2022, Red Kite employed 14 members of staff directly in Powys, including a Business Development Manager, Administration Support and Pharmaceutical Professionals.

The company turnover during 2022 was, £868,474 with a surplus of £4,096.00.

During 2022, the organisation continued to support the South Powys Cluster by adapting and implementing service delivery, primarily focused on the ongoing issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the major difficulties faced across all health and wellbeing organisations’, Red Kite has continued its strategic ambition by aiming to improve the accessibility and quality of health care services provided for the local population. We did this by continuing to support the strategic primary care vision for Wales, building on partnership working and creating strong links and opportunities for collaborative working. Our aim is to motivate, develop, and instigate the concept that appropriate patient services are delivered by the most appropriate team/service/person; thus, improving access and quality of care for the patients of South Powys and its environs and developing opportunities for new and emerging workforce roles.

Reporting on and developing our clinical outcome measurements for the services we provide remains a priority for the organisation, ensuring that what is delivered meets the population needs. Whilst this involves a huge investment in staff time, we believe this evaluation has a vital role to play in directing and improving patient and employee care; enabling us not to be driven by activity levels and costs alone, but by having the ability to adjust service provision where required and allowing for evidence-based replication and learning…  read full report >>