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RCGP Cluster Innovation Award winners, South Powys Cluster 2019

Developing a Sustainable Workforce Through a CIC Model

Red Kite Health Solutions CIC

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…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.

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-care reviews to advice and direct patients to appropriate services. Red Kite has donated £6,000 to this cause to assist the practices with training and implementation of this service.

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

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

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.

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.

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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-COVID pilot wellbeing programme to patients In South Powys.  This service offers a motivational self-management programme, designed to support patients to return to normal after
COVID- 19 through referral from your GP practice.

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-management strategies from an experienced and dedicated team who all live well with health conditions, learn positive coping mechanisms and manage their wellbeing to increase their quality of life.

The programme will equip patients with the tools, knowledge and self-efficacy to improve their emotional wellbeing, consider choices and changes together with participation in a range of relaxation exercises.  It is hoped that patients will make choices to enable them to move forward in their lives.

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.

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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-effective and innovative health solutions was recognised at the Powys Business Awards.

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-in awards ceremony in Newtown on Friday night.

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-19.

The company, which has developed a range of award-winning services and initiatives, collaborates closely with Powys Teaching Health Board, communities and the voluntary sector. It holds the only Alternative Provider of Medical Services (APMS) contract in Wales.

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-breaking and inspirational” and said they were impressed by its “incredible potential for good”.

“A relatively simple business model has been a game-changer in the provision of efficient and effective health services in South Powys, cutting waiting times, getting people to the practitioner they really need, saving GP time, identifying urgent cases and incidentally saving the NHS millions,” they added.

“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 20-40% increase in contacts made to practices in various forms. Due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased demands of winter pressures, Red Kite will support the practices in South Powys to implement increased telephone triage availability for patients accessing unscheduled health services at pivotal times during the week to March 2022. This will improve access for patients and aims to reduce the burden on out of hour’s services over the busy winter period.

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 >>