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Press release - 19 July 2017

Better Care Together partnership secures new funding for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Today marks an important step forward for the health and care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as NHS England recognises our Better Care Together partnership with investment of nearly £40 million.

Toby Sanders, Better Care Together lead said: “We are delighted to get this crucial funding to allow us to progress our plans. We have been working together as a Better Care Together partnership to ensure that our services remain clinically and financially sustainable whilst also delivering high quality care for local people.”

“The £40m will allow us to invest in our intensive care units, including a new ward at the Glenfield Hospital, and create a purpose-built acute ward for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) with a focus on eating disorders.”

“These are two of several elements of our Better Care Together proposals which require an injection of capital investment. We expect further announcements on funding to be made as part of the November budget and continue to work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to achieve this.”

John Adler, Chief Executive at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “I am delighted that we have received this vote of confidence in our plans for the future development of Leicester's hospitals. Following the opening of our fantastic new Emergency Department at the Royal Infirmary in April and new state of the art facilities for vascular surgery at Glenfield in May, this latest investment will deliver yet more new facilities for our patients.  This gives me great optimism that we will be able to deliver our complete plans over the next few years."

Peter Miller, Chief Executive at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said: “We welcome this investment in our CAMHS inpatient facilities, enabling us to move from our temporary unit at Coalville Hospital to a permanent, more accessible base in the city. The funding will help to improve the quality of care we can provide for local children and young people with acute mental health needs. It forms a significant part of our transformation plan for improving access to and support from CAMHS services. We will have a ward co-located with other mental health services, and most importantly we will be able to offer local specialised inpatient eating disorder care for young people in the East Midlands.”

These projects build on the work that has been taking part across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. A number of positive changes already made through the partnership include:

• The new Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) opened in April and is providing top level facilities for patients who need them.

• The newly created Clinical Navigation Hub, accessible via NHS 111, which is now providing clinical advice and support with urgent care needs, making sure that only those patients who need to arrive at Leicester’s Emergency Department.

• A new Integrated Discharge Team has now been introduced to work on the busiest wards at LRI to provide expert discharge advice and assistance to ward staff to get people home as soon as they are well enough.

• A new mental health recovery network, commissioned with the third sector.

Mr Sanders ended by adding: “We published our draft plans in November and since then have been listening to the views of patients, the public and our staff. We will be publishing a final plan towards the end of the summer – when we expect to see a greater focus on prevention and early intervention and less change to our planned hospital bed capacity. We’ll be consulting on some of the aspects of that plan.”


Notes to editors

About the UHL scheme

Central to our plan has been the recognition that we need to consolidate our acute services in Leicester – reducing the duplication of services and staff and making a service that is clinically safer and more sustainable. This scheme is the first step in achieving consolidation of our services – moving our adult Intensive Care Unit services from three sites to two. It will deliver:

•an increase of 11 beds in Adult Level 3 capacity at the Glenfield, crucial in enabling the transfer of clinical activities reliant on Adult Level 3 care from the General Hospital;

•additional refurbished bed capacity at the Glenfield and the Royal Infirmary (crucial to balancing demand and capacity);

•the provision of a new ward block at the Glenfield;

•the provision of interventional radiology capacity at Glenfield to support the Intensive Care Unit dependant services moving there.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust child and adolescent mental health

The £8 million investment in children and adolescent mental health services will allow us to build a purpose-built unit with increased capacity to better meet the demands of our younger population. It includes a new 15-bed combined child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and eating disorder services (CAEDS) inpatient facility at Glenfield Hospital and a hospital school. The unit will be co-located with the Trust’s acute adult inpatient mental health services and adult inpatient eating disorder services on the Glenfield Hospital site in Leicester.

The current CAHMS inpatient facility has been a temporary base at Coalville Community hospital since 2015, following the disposal of the old Towers Hospital site where it was located. Current provision is for a 10 bed unit for generic CAMHS patients requiring acute inpatient admission, and no specialist beds for children with eating disorders.

About Better Care Together

Better Care Together (BCT) is a significant programme of work which will transform the health and social care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR). It brings together partners, including local NHS organisations and councils, to ensure that services change to meet the needs of local people. 

For further information contact

Martha Milhavy



We are recruiting new PPI members! 

Better Care Together (BCT) is looking for new members to join its Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) group.

BCT is a programme of work which will help to transform the health and social care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR). It works with partners to shape the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for LLR which builds on this work. The PPI group has an important role working with the BCT programme and its partners to shape these services, acting as the public and patient voice on plans. The group meets on a monthly basis where they are able discuss the plans and share any other relevant information they have.

All applicants are expected to be able to work effectively and collaboratively with senior multi stakeholder colleagues, as well as be able to understand and evaluate a range of information and evidence. As part of the PPI role, members must also display sound judgement and an ability to be objective, have an awareness of, and commitment to, equality and diversity, and understand the need for confidentiality.

As part of the STP 17 workstreams have been created to look into different areas of the STP and work on changes. It has been agreed that each of these workstreams should have a representative of the PPI as a member. Many of these roles have been allocated but there are a number of gaps, namely in: Resilient Primary Care; Prevention; Children’s, Maternity and Neonates and IM&T. Each workstream has a separate meeting that the PPI representative should attend.

To apply to be a PPI representative please download and return this form. Alternatively you can fill in our eform. For more information on the role of a PPI member you can visit our ‘Get Involved’ page, watch videos from members on our YouTube channel, or read a blog from the chair on our website. For any other enquiries please contact BCTcomms@leicspart.nhs.uk


Closing date for applicants: 08/06/2017