BBC Midlands Today recently dedicated most of their evening bulletin to an in-depth look at the challenges the NHS is facing in the region, 18 months on from the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown. The work of our very own Early Intervention Community Team (EICT) in helping to reduce pressures on acute hospitals was a key feature of the programme.
The hard work of our colleagues at UHB and the West Midlands Ambulance Service also featured in the programme, with staff sharing the impact of growing admissions, solutions that are being implemented and how the system is preparing for winter challenges. EICT clinical team leader Penny Tomkins and healthcare support worker Joy Cartwright were both filmed providing care and support to an elderly lady at her flat in Longbridge, and then rose to the challenge of being interviewed by BBC reporter Ben Godfrey.
Head of EICT Services Bobby Chal said: “This was a well-rounded report on all areas of Birmingham’s health and social care system and I’m delighted that the EICT enjoyed some recognition for being part of it. As a whole approach, the Early Intervention programme, has helped patients to avoid more than 10,000 unnecessary admissions to hospital in the last twelve months which is a credit to all involved.
“A huge well done to Penny and Joy who welcomed the opportunity to showcase our EICT service without a moment’s hesitation. We are all very proud of them!”
Meanwhile, chair of Birmingham’s Ageing Well and Later Life portfolio (which EI reports into) and BCHC Chief Executive Richard Kirby has written this blog for the NHS Confederation, reflecting on how timely the March 2020 launch of the EICT was, given the extraordinary additional pressures on the city’s health and social care system.