Primary and community care
In 2022-23, we worked collaboratively with local clinicians and the wider primary and community care workforce, hosting listening events and workshops to understand the local need and make recommendations for innovations which could bring benefits to patients and the system, both now and in the future.
We continued our partnership with our Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) in Dorset and Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIOW), identifying challenges facing the wider primary and community care community and ways to address them.
This involved prioritising areas of need and opportunity, as well as supporting the adoption and spread of new and proven innovations and new ways of working to fundamentally improve patient outcomes and the efficiency of clinical services.
2022-23 saw the completion of the Self-Care Demonstrator Site Project, which allows general practices and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to trial emerging technologies or market-ready innovations without making a long-term commitment. These structured short-term pilots also benefited innovators, helping them to test their products in a real-world clinical setting and generate insights into usability to inform future development.
Driving digital transformation within primary and community care was a key focus for 2022-23. In January 2023, we supported health innovation company, xim Limited, and HIOW ICS to provide a blood pressure checking service at a shopping centre in Basingstoke for members of the public receiving their Covid-19 booster vaccine. The service used a new technology called Lifelight to identify people with high blood pressure (hypertension), who were then advised to contact their GP. Lifelight works by allowing smartphone or tablet devices to measure blood pressure, pulse and breathing rate simply by looking into the device’s built-in camera for 40 seconds.
We also continued to work alongside Assura plc to deliver on our multi-year commission from HIOW ICB to research and evaluate innovations that could be placed within the Health Hub, a dedicated space which will be part of the new St Clements Partnership general practice building in Winchester. Construction for the new surgery began in March 2023, following approval from Winchester City Council and HIOW ICB.
“We are delighted to see St Clements Surgery break ground and move forward with their new premises. This project has been a great example of collaborative working between practice staff, primary care, system commissioners, specialist developers, the local authority and public stakeholders. Health Innovation Wessex is proud to have supported the practice to identify innovative ways of working to encourage the wellbeing of staff and improve the experience for patients.”
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Health Innovation Wessex