RCGP Bright Ideas, 'Pioneer' Award winners 2019
RCGP Cluster Innovation Award winners,
South Powys Cluster 2019
RCGP Bright Ideas, 'Pioneer' Award winners 2019
RCGP Cluster Innovation Award winners, South Powys Cluster 2019
Developing a Sustainable Workforce Through a CIC Model
Red Kite Health Solutions CIC
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-
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-
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.
Cancer Care Reviews
The four South Powys Practices have signed up to the Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework, aimed at improving the access to care for cancer patients and their families. One of the objectives the cluster wished to focus on was the improvement of cancer-
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-
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-
The service will be providing telephone support for patients effected by the impact of COVID-
Red Kite Health Solutions AGM
Red Kite Heath solutions AGM was held on the 8th April 2021.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Apu Poddar (GP Partner Crickhowell Medical Practice) as a new Executive Partner.
Apple a day new service pilot programme
Health and Wellbeing Pilot
Red Kite is delighted to be partnering with An Apple A Day CIC to bring a post-
About Apple A Day
An Apple A Day (Health and Wellbeing) CIC, delivers interactive and lively health and wellbeing workshops to organisations and groups across the UK.
A Disability Confident Employer, with a dedicated and passionate team of Facilitators and Support Staff make up the Apple A Day Team. All the team at An Apple a Day live well with health conditions themselves.
Patients will learn self-
The programme will equip patients with the tools, knowledge and self-
Patients who wish to participate in the programame will be contacted to attend a twice weekly online group session, for one hour, for 6 weeks. Alongside the online group sessions, patients will receive 121 support (a phone call once a week, for 6 weeks) where barriers will be explored and patients will be encouraged to commit to a weekly action that improves health and wellbeing.
CIC recognised for innovative health solutions at Powys Business Awards
An innovative community interest company that works with GP practices across South Powys to provide cost-
Red Kite Health Solutions CIC, which has multiple offices across South Powys, won a Judges’ Special Award, sponsored by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG), at the drive-
Organised by MWMG, Powys Business Awards showcase business excellence across the county.
Sian Jones, business development manager for Red Kite Health Solutions CIC, said: “We are totally shocked to win this award but absolutely thrilled for the team. It makes all the hard work worthwhile in our aim to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of South Powys and doing things a little bit differently.’’
“It’s great to see the range of businesses here tonight representing Powys.”
Established in 2015, Red Kite Health Solutions CIC has 12 employees, including 10 pharmacy professionals, who deliver health and wellbeing services to the people of South Powys.
The company comprises 43 GPs, four of whom are directors, who work together to care for over 46,000 patients across South Powys.
As the only current CIC of its type, Red Kite has developed an innovative approach to improve access, quality services and outcomes for patients, including those vulnerable and impacted by COVID-
The company, which has developed a range of award-
Its team of pharmacy professionals provides services including medicines reconciliation, patient, GP and secondary care advice, chronic disease management and COVID/flu vaccinations. To date, they have made more than £1.2 million savings on NHS drugs and saved GPs more than 71,000 actions.
A finalist at the 2018 NHS Awards for developing a sustainable workforce, Red Kite won the Royal College of General Practitioners Cluster Innovation Award and the Bright Ideas award for developing a sustainable workforce through a CIC model in 2019.
Powys Business Awards judges described Red Kite Health Solutions CIC as “unique, ground-
“A relatively simple business model has been a game-
“The enthusiasm and commitment of the team was amazing and probably a key reason for its success. It is a replicable model which could be implemented across the UK with high impact for all of us.”
Sian Jones from Red Kite Health Solutions CIC receives the Judges Special Award from Judge Emma Wilde and directors Hannah Barrett from Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, the sponsor.
First Contact Wellbeing Support, Primary Care
As reported by Senedd research, more than half of adults and three quarters of young people have reported a deterioration in their mental health at the start of the pandemic in 2020. With the ongoing issues and deterioration in those already struggling with mental health issues, the need for support is greater than ever. Primary care has seen huge increases in demand and currently mental health patients continue to reach out to their GP as a first point of contact.
To reduce the impact and increase access and response to timely care, Red Kite in collaboration with Brecon & District MIND and Ystradgynlais MIND have developed a pilot to introduce first contact wellbeing support that can assess the needs of patients presenting to primary care and suffering with low level mental health issues across the winter period.
Increased Triage Capacity, South Powys
In South Powys, there has been an increase of 20-
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-
Red Kite Health Solutions is a social enterprise that delivers health and wellbeing services to the South Powys population. It is a
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-
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.
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-
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-