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Innovation awards will help develop community services

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NHS staff have received £1.5 million in awards from the Government to pursue projects that will help develop innovative community services, the Department of Health has announced.

The Innovation Awards, announced this week, follow on from the commitment made in NHS Next Stage Review:High Quality Care for All published in June 2008, and are a response to feedback from patients calling for more services to be developed closer to patient’s homes and in the communities where they live.

The awards will go towards community services such as bi-lingual stroke rehabilitation programmes and diet and nutrition training.

The winners, including nurses and allied health professionals, have been encouraged to lead the transformation programme to asses local service needs, decide priorities, shape outcomes and develop future community services.

The original announcement for the awards was made in January 2009 by Dame Christine Beasley, chief nursing officer for England.

Dame Beasley said: ‘These award winners reflect the SHAs local priorities as set out in their Next Stage Review responses to transform services and improve the quality of care for patients in their own communities, giving people more say, more choice and more control over their own health care.’

The awards add to the £220 million fund for developing innovative healthcare that was also announced this week, which aims to support frontline NHS staff and support and fast track innovative ideas.

From this fund England’s ten Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) will each receive £2 million this year and £5 million in each of the following four years. 

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