• Led by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of ‘Act as One’, the health and care partnership for Bradford District and Craven, and involving the Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly; Healthwatch Bradford; Bradford Institute of Health Research; Yorkshire & Humber AHSN; Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy; and the University of Bradford.
  • Development of a Bradford and Craven Innovation Hub to ensure sustainable adaptation and adoption of proven innovations in health and wellbeing.
  • Will focus on ageing well.
  • The project will run from summer 2021 to early 2024.

Act as One is the health and care partnership for Bradford District and Craven, serving a population of around 650,000 people with a health and care workforce of around 33,000, as well as over 5,000 voluntary and community sector organisations. The partnership is made up of NHS, local authority, community and voluntary sector organisations and independent care providers working towards a vision of people living ‘happy, healthy at home’.

The population has grown by 3.2% since 2011. The largest increase has been in older people, where the population has grown by almost 14% since 2011 to over 80,000 in 2019. It is the population of people aged 65 and over that will fuel the key population change over the next 25 years, increasing by nearly 40,000 people to 116,800 by 2041. 

Through this Adopting Innovation project, a Bradford and Craven Innovation Hub will be developed, focusing on ageing well, one of the priority areas for system transformation through Act as One. The Hub will identify proven innovations and help develop local culture and skills so that these innovations can be effectively adopted.

There will be coaching and leadership programmes, peer networks, trained innovation champions, campaigns to raise awareness of the support available, and community engagement and co-production, in particular with under-represented, seldom-heard groups.

The key areas that the Hub will work on will be anticipatory care, enhanced health in care homes, and urgent community response – as part of efforts to address the increasing health inequalities affecting the communities in Bradford and Craven.

Contact information

For more information about this project, please contact Mark Hindmarsh, Programme Director or Lisa Oldfield, Programme Manager, Act as One Transformation Programmes.

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