Coventry and Warwickshire accelerating the pace of recoveryCoventry and Warwickshire accelerating the pace of recovery

The Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care System will be accelerating the pace of their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic after being selected to be part of the NHS “Accelerator Systems Programme”. Through the programme we will see a £10 million investment and additional support to help us to reduce the waiting times for all our planned operations and procedures and support people to be seen, treated and recover much more quickly than we would have been able to before. 

Thanks to the agile way in which we responded to the Covid-19 pandemic, far more people were able to access routine tests and treatment during the second wave of the pandemic than the first, despite caring for more Covid-positive patients. The impact on our services has still been severe and although we have been working incredibly hard to get things back and running, we still have a significant backlog of patients who are waiting for their treatment. 

As an “elective accelerator site” we will bring hospitals, GPs and others together across Coventry and Warwickshire to design new and improved ways of working that have the potential to enable us treat more patients than in the same months in 2019, and then put them into practice quickly and assess how well they work for patients. 

Much more than just “doing more”

This is about a transformation of how we work across the system and finding new ways to support our staff. We will look at ways to improve the whole way people access care, from outpatients appointments and diagnostic tests to how and where we deliver our planned operations and procedures and manage our waiting lists, right through to how we get people home again and make sure that they don’t stay in hospital for longer than they need to. We will focus initially on five of our largest specialities then apply what we have learnt to other areas, leading to sustainable changes which will help us to transform our services and improve the health and wellbeing of our population.

This is  a system wide programme which is not only targeted at hospitals, but new ways of delivering care, for example supporting the development of new ways of diagnosing and treating conditions in local communities which would previously have been treated on hospital sites, keeping care as close to home for people as possible.

The programme is a great chance for the Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care System to build on the work and innovation already happening to transform our services and provide the best possible care for our patients and communities.