Discussing the Value of Community Hospitals - Evidence from 3 Studies


The CHA and the University of Birmingham have held a series of webinars to share the recent evidence on from 3 research studies.   

Recordings are available to watch here


*Understanding value*

"How are community hospitals valued by their communities, and beyond, and what might this mean for their future role?"

Chair: Professor Jon Glasby University of Birmingham

Speakers: Deborah Davidson and Dr Angela Ellis Paine - (University of Birmingham)     

Panel:  Dr David Seamark (CHA), Ellen Stewart (University of Edinburgh) and Heather Penwarden (Honiton Hospital & Community League of Friends) 

NIHR Research Report available to download here  Also available: Scientific summary and Plain English version


*International insights* 

"What can the development of community hospitals in international contexts tell us about their role in healthcare futures?"      

Download the presentation here  

Chair: Professor Jon Glasby University of Birmingham

Speaker:  Dr. Emma Pitchforth (University of Exeter), Ellen Nolte (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Edwin Van Teijlingen (University of Bournemouth)

Panel:  Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie (University of Aberdeen), Helen Tucker (CHA), Dr Alastair Noble (SCCHA), Verdiana Morando (Italy and Dubai)   

NIHR Research Report available to download here   Also available: Scientific summary and Plain English Version


*Questions of efficiency*

"Are community hospitals an effective and efficient way to deliver intermediate care and what might this mean for their future role?"  

Chair: Professor Jon Glasby University of Birmingham

Speakers: Professor Claire Hulme (University of Exeter) and Dr Helen Tucker (CHA)  

Panel:  Chris Humphris (CHA), Barry Nealon (Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital) and Clare Holditch (NHS Benchmarking Network)

NIHR Research Report available to download here   Also available: Scientific summary and Plain English version 




Physical Activity for the Prevention and Management of Long-Term Conditions

FREE training for healthcare professionals download here

Expert Physical Activity Clinical Champions are delivering FREE, peer to peer 1-3 hours online training sessions to groups of healthcare professionals at a date and

time to suit local needs e.g. Vocational Training Schemes, Protected Learning Time, lunchtime learning, etc.

Contact today who will help connect you with your local Physical Activity Clinical Champion.

Submitted by Sheila Doughty, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust Area Therapy Lead – Central



NHS Benchmarking Network Webinars 


How to register

The NHS Benchmarking Network webinar series is free to attend. If you would like to find out a bit more about the other webinars scheduled, feel free to take a look at their events page or contact Emma Pruce, Communications & Events Manager 


Previous Events 


CHA Forum for Members on Medicines Management

2nd December at 7pm








British Geriatric Society

Autumn Conference 25-27th November

Read more here


Covid-19: UK Data on rehabilitation needs and management pathways

Community Therapists Network

Webinar July 2020 - download the sessions here




Academy of NHS Fabstuff



Fab Change Day Virtual Conference was on 21st October.   Recordings of the sessions are available  here 

NHS Fabstuff and CHA are working together to promote good practice and draw attention to the excellent practice in community hospitals.   

See us on NHS Fabstuff Campaign page here

Also the CHA is featured on the NHS Fabstuff home page, with featured articles on community hospitals here





Community Therapists Network - link here

If you are working with the Therapy Outcome Measures, or you are considering it, then this is an event you can’t afford to miss.  For details of this unique event and how to get access please click here

*TOMs Internal Training Days – All enquiries, please email 

*TOMs Case based learning - A recording of the recent webinar held with Medshr to show how ‘TOMers’ can use the platform can be watch from here. 



Covid-19: UK Data on rehabilitation needs and management pathways

Community Therapists Network

Webinar July 2020 - download the sessions here



Institute of Healthcare Managers Events


The IHM has a range of events on offer. 

Events are free to IHM members - learn more 



CHA Forum for Members on Frailty

14th October at 7pm, free to CHA members.


*Evelyn Prodger, Chair for the session

*Sue Greenwood, Matron & Queens Nurse shared  frailty work done in Cornwall

*Dr Anne Hendry is Deputy Honorary Secretary, British Geriatrics Society and Director of the International Federation of Integrated Care 

*Janette Barrie is leading an educational programme for frailty with District nurses at the University of West Scotland


It was a great opportunity to hear about work that is already underway regarding frailty and for you to network with others interested in this topic.  Slides and notes from the session were shared with participants - download here


Please email CHA if you want to join in the next Forum, and want to take part:



"Reimagining Rehabilitation and Recovery" Webinar 22nd July 4pm-5pm

International Foundation for Integrated Care Scotland  #BuildBackBetter

Webinar recording and presenters slides now available here  


"Make Movement your mission"

We highly recommend the session by Dawn Skelton on Movement literacy and learning - Later Life Training (on webinar recording 16 mins-30 mins)

Dawn spoke at a CHA conference a couple of years ago, and her talk was very memorable for its practical focus and for being appropriate for any setting - including community hospitals. 


The "Make movement your mission" initiative was created out of concern about people being isolated and not having support for movement, rehabilitation and recovery. 

It offers "snacks" of movement 3 times a day on youtube and facebook, and is  designed to support people with their functionality during pandemic lockdown by relating movement to everyday life.   It is now followed in 22 countries. 

Feedback from those following the sessions shows people are incorporating movement into their every day life "It breaks the loneliness and great for the mind as well as the body,"  and "I find you end up doing these little moves without consciously knowing it."  Read more here


For further information please go to the IFIC Scotland "Integrated Care Matters" website here  


Community Therapists Network

Learning to use the Therapy Outcome Measure
11th February, Birmingham

Led by Professor Pam Enderby, this workshop provides participants with a grounding in the key drivers behind the implementation of outcome measures across the NHS. It will set out the core principles behind the development of the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) and how to use for collecting and measuring outcomes data on clients receiving treatments. The day will include both theoretical and practical components

More information



Celebrating our Community Assets – people, places and partnerships


The CHA was delighted to be part of a highly successful conference in Gloucestershire, discussing community assets.  The CHA presentation focused on the excellent practice in community hospitals, and the views of patients and staff.  We also presented the results of the research study with the University of Birmingham, which showed how much patients carers, families and communities value their community hospitals.  The Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust wanted to celebrate their community hospitals and wanted to listen to delegates and those using the services what they add to our communities, and what our communities add to them. Those contributing to the conference included people who use services, staff working in third sector organisations associated with health and care, staff from the NHS. It was a high energy emotional event, with a lot of opportunity to listen and share.

Watch the video of the event now  




Rural Health and Care Wales Conference 5th and 6th November 2019, Builth Wells. 


Tom Brooks, the National Lead for Wales for the CHA, spoke at the conference on the topic "Rural Wales' Under-deployed Healthcare Resource."

Tom made the case that community hospitals are valuable rural assets, and drew on international examples to show how community hospitals can provide accessible healthcare for their populations. For more information click here



NHS Benchmarking Network Conference 7th November at the ICC, Birmingham 


The Annual conference of the NHSBN to discuss findings of the Community Hospital and Community Services Project will be held on 7th November 2019 in Birmingham.  Participants in the project to collect data on community hospitals across the UK are invited.  Helen Tucker and Trish Jay will be representing the CHA at the conference, and will have an exhibition stand. Helen will be speaking on the research on the Value of Community Hospitals by the University of Birmingham.   There is more information on the NHSBN website here


Community Hospitals Sharing and Learning Day on 13th Nov, Newmarket


This was an event for community hospital staff in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.  It was hosted by Newmarket Community Hospital, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust with the Community Hospitals Association on Wednesday 13th November 2019.  The event was designed to enable staff to share their achievements and challenges, talk about hot topics, and celebrate innovation and good practice.  It is hoped that this will be the start of a series events locally and nationally.  



CHA Annual General Meeting


The AGM was held in February in Honiton, Devon. The minutes of the meeting can be read here.  



Devon History Society Conference 13th Oct 2018


Cottage Hospitals in Devon Before the NHS 


The  Society held a successful and fascinating conference on cottage hospitals.  Hospitals discussed included Ottery St Mary, Dartmouth, Sidmouth, Bovey Tracey and Winsford.  The CHA was represented by Dr Helen Tucker who was invited to speak on cottage hospitals nationally and also Dr David Seamark, Director of the CHA. 


Link for more information


British Journal of General Practice

Promoting excellence in primary care and inspiring researchers and authors of the future


Research Conference 2018 

23rd March 2018 in London


Speakers included Dr David Seamark, one of the team of the researchers from the University of Birmingham, talking about the changing role of GPs in Community Hospitals.  Other members of the research team from the University of Birmingham who contributed included Helen Tucker.



Learning How to Use the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM)

Community Therapists Network
27th February 2018, Manchester


This workshop, lead by Professor Pam Enderby enabled participants to be able to select an appropriate outcome measure for their clinical practice. The day included both theoretical and practical components.   For further information  follow the link



CHA Annual Conference Manchester


2016 Benchmarking & Good Practice in Community Services and Hospitals

2nd - 4th June 2017 in Manchester


The Programme is available for download here featuring James Kingsland (NAPC) Professor John Young, and CHA national award winners for Innovation and Good Practice.



Professor Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care, University of Birmingham


A Talk on Community Hospitals and Integration - to watch the talk please follow the link


Jon Glasby has kindly recorded a message to conference delegates, sharing his thoughts on integration and providing an insight into the early findings of current research into community hospitals. 




International Conference on Integrated Care in Barcelona May 2016
By the International Foundation on Integrated Care

All Hallows Healthcare Trust  - Integration and Community Hospitals
Presented by Howard Green and Helen Tucker