Leicestershire Partnership Trust’s (LPT) Community Health Services have secured over £85,000 of funding to develop a virtual falls prevention programme following a successful bid to phase 2 of NHS Transformation’s Digital Partnership Award.

The new initiative will mean that patients can benefit from evidence-based education and exercise programme, and a means of communication with clinicians via a patient portal to improve mental health and support.

This 12-month project brings together LPT, Physitrack, a health technology company, and Channel 3 Consulting, a digital health and care consultancy to develop a new digital care pathway for Falls Prevention patients within Leicestershire.

“The introduction of a virtual service delivery will give patients greater choice in how they can access services and flexibility for the clinicians on how they support patients,” said Stephanie O’Connell, AHP Lead and Clinical Director of LPT’s Community Health Services.

“The award is a tribute to the hard work of the community services team and will play role in helping the Trust provide great services to local people.”

The Digital Health Partnership Award helps NHS organisations in England to bid for funding to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies that support patients at home.

The awards are run by the Innovation Development Team, which is part of the Digital Care Models team in the NHS Transformation Directorate.

The award brings together partners critical to the development of digital health technology.

Phase 1 was launched in July 2021 and 14 projects across England were supported. More information on all the projects can be found here.

Phase 2 launched in November and £5,518,492 was awarded across 27 projects to support people at home.