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CHA Study on the Role of Community Hospitals during Covid-19 - details here  

"We are delighted with our successful Q Exchange bid, and excited to progress this work as it will allow us to showcase the important and unique contribution of Community Hospitals during Covid-19"   Evelyn Prodger, lead for the study  

The CHA has been impressed with the flexibility and resilience shown by community hospitals during this global pandemic to date. 

We are keen to share the experience and the learning on this, and also enable and support those involved to have a time to reflect.

We also want to identify the quality improvement, and enable this learning to reach a wide audience throughout the whole health and care system.  

CHA Study on the Role of Community Hospitals during Covid-19

This project is funded through Q Exchange by the Health Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Thank you to those who have participated in our study. 

We are delighted to report that we have interviewed 80 staff from 20 organisations, and have collated considerable detail on the role of community hospitals during Covid-19. We are writing up examples of innovation and best practice as case studies and as bite-size learning, and these will be shared widely.  

Read all about the CHA in our slidepack presentation here 

Our Project Team

Dr David Seamark

Dr David Seamark

Trish Jay

Trish Jay

Evelyn Prodger

Evelyn Prodger

Dr Helen Tucker

Dr Helen Tucker

Dr Emma Gibbard

Dr Emma Gibbard

Community Hospitals: Embedding Covid-19 positive impact changes through shared learning

In 2020 the Community Hospitals Association was successful in a bid to the Health Foundation Q Exchange to carry out a project which is focussed on Embedding Covid-19 positive impact changes through shared learning. 

Community Hospitals (CH) made important contributions during the Covid-19 response, demonstrating flexibility, resilience and innovation. Community Hospitals are local hospitals, often rural, with around 500 throughout the UK.

The CHA is exploring collaborations, partnerships and practice making innovation possible, across acute, community, NHS, voluntary sector, patients, staff, families. Individual innovations do not often effect wider change.

The project aims to describe, support and promote innovation developed during Covid-19 through shared learning across the network of CH in the UK using an Appreciative Inquiry approach.

To find out more follow this link to the project page on the Q website: https://q.health.org.uk/idea/2020/community-hospitals-embedding-covid-19-positive-impact-changes-through-shared-learning/

Community Hospitals

Join the Q community! 

We encourage you to join the Q Community, which is a fantastic network of those committed to quality improvement.

To go to the Q website to make an application click here 

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