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Alder Hey to receive £75,000 from Health Foundation

Alder Hey are one of three health projects in Liverpool to receive funding after being selected by the Health Foundation to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme ‘Innovating for Improvement’.

The sixth round of the Innovating for Improvement programme, will support 21 health care projects across the UK, including three in Liverpool, to help improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care in the UK.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust along with NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, were successfully awarded £75,000 by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity.

The Innovating for Improvement programme will run for 15 months. Each of the three projects in Liverpool will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support delivery, as well as the evaluation of how the innovation improves the quality of health care.

The three Liverpool-based projects set to benefit from the funding will each focus on improving a different area of health care for patients with respiratory health needs in the city.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will use the funding to help evaluate the effectiveness of their SCORE programme, a new healthcare model that empowers children with asthma to understand their condition, self-manage it and participate in activities. The model involves an initial consultation to set goals and optimise treatments, a peer-group educational intervention, and two blocks of activity.

Dr Ian Sinha, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital said:

“We are delighted to have received this funding award for this new approach to asthma treatment, which is centered around children and communities. We hope to demonstrate that it is both clinically effective and cost-effective through the programme, and to be able to share this learning more widely.

“More than ever we need to be thinking creatively about new ways of working in health, and each of these innovative projects highlights that Liverpool is a forward thinking city with regards to new models of care.”

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