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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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RCGP Bright Ideas, 'Pioneer' Award winners 2019

RCGP Cluster Innovation Award winners, South Powys Cluster 2019

Developing a Sustainable Workforce Through a CIC Model

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The problem:

The four practices in South Powys had been meeting for a number of years to develop cluster working, and were keen to develop services further through a multi-disciplinary approach that benefited patient outcomes and the cluster as a whole. With 80% of GP partners in South Powys aged 50+ and with current low levels of interest when aiming to recruit new GPs, it is imperative that GP time is spent on those patients who clinically need to see a doctor, to improve access and care for those patients accessing services.

The county of Powys is very diverse and spread out geographically with no district general hospital, often necessitating different solutions to patient care and services for patients to be seen closer to home. Finding it increasingly difficult to commission and provide services they wished to implement at pace, the GP representatives from the practices agreed to collectively proceed with the establishment of a formal joint-working relationship based on a social enterprise model….more >>

Point of Care Testing Machines

In November 2018, Red Kite gifted each of the 4 South Powys cluster practices (Haygarth, Brecon, Crickhowell and Ystradgynlais) 2 Point of care testing machines, enabling them to provide in-house testing of c-reactive protein (protein found in the blood plasma to measure inflammation). A pilot was initially run on patients presenting with symptoms of a lower respiratory tract infection (chest infection). Routinely, these intra-venous blood tests would take 48-72 hours to return from the lab, but these machines allow a clear reading within two minutes using a finger prick test. The aim of this was to assist clinicians in their clinical judgement about the prescribing of antibiotics. With antibiotic resistance on the increase nationally, it was a priority for the cluster to look at this area. A 2018/19 study of results showed a reduction in the prescribing of antibiotics of 17.5% (average) across the cluster.

In December 2018, Red Kite also donated a Point of care testing kit to the community Pharmacist, Llanidloes Pharmacy to assist with the successful minor illness service that has been running there for some time.

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