New partnerships aim to tackle inequalities in specific conditions

The NHS and local communities are working together to identify and address healthcare inequalities by improving access to new health technologies and medicines. Over £4 million has been made available to support NHS England’s Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme (InHIP) which builds on the achievements and learning of AHSNs and the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in improving access to healthcare innovations. ​

Initiatives to tackle healthcare inequalities in all three integrated care systems in the Oxford AHSN region are among those to win support. The focus is on severe asthma, chronic respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in line with the NHS Core20Plus5 approach to reducing healthcare inequalities. Each project will receive £100,000.

  • Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB)

Supporting evidence-based management and clinical optimisation of people with uncontrolled and severe asthma living in the most deprived areas. The integrated severe asthma care project team will use population health management and system tools to proactively identify, review and refer individuals with potential severe asthma to the rapid access clinic for review and medicines optimisation including initiating biologic therapy.

  • Frimley

Extending community-based input to ensure best care and prevent deterioration in people with chronic respiratory disease, utilising a proactive outreach programme and remote management where appropriate.

  • Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

Optimising self-management and treatment of CVD through proactive outreach into GP practices to identify patients with known CVD and co-design a service model, incorporating a review by a specialist healthcare professional and including evidence-based lipid-lowering therapies. 

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