NHS North Cumbria Urgent Care Support Fund

Grants for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to facilitate effective discharge from the A&E environment in North Cumbria and/or to facilitate effective non-clinical responses that help to avoid unnecessary admittance.

NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board

Who can apply?
• charitable, not-for-profit organisations

Priority will be given to projects/activities that:
• help to prevent a social admittance of cared-for individuals where a carer has been admitted to hospital
• provide non-clinical support, for example, next-day welfare check-ups for individuals on an urgent care pathway with follow up for a further 3-5 days as specified by clinicians and/or social worker
• support older adults to return home and maintain independence following an A&D admission (e.g., help with meal preparation, shopping, prescription collection, etc following a fracture or similar). Support can be available for up to a 4-week period.
• provide services that offer some operation outside of core 9 am – 5 pm hours

What types of costs can be funded?
• staff costs
• sessional workers
• volunteer expenses
• out-of-hours management support costs
• costs associated with keeping a service/provision open, e.g., rent/utilities, equipment required to deliver the service, activities costs

Funding should achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
• reduce the number of delayed discharges from A&E
• improved discharge experience from A&E
• patients supported report a more informed knowledge of support available to them
• people supported at home or in the community to avoid admittance and/or to be supported whilst awaiting admittance
• third sector capacity increased to deliver support

What the Fund will not support in addition to our normal exclusions:
• individuals
• admission avoidance projects that support patients and or cared for long before admission

How much can you apply for?
Up to £30,000, however, larger grants will be considered depending on potential project impact and availability of funds.

ALL applicants should speak with the named Grants Officer in the first instance.

Delivery, Monitoring and Feedback
Funded partners projects must link in closely together to provide out of hours support and with Cumbria CVS’s Third Sector Referral Coordinators and all NHS, Adult Social Care, and other funded partners. A critical element of this funding will be capturing the outcomes of the funding and reporting on how many people have been supported through discharge &/or admission avoidance. Applicants should make provision for monthly reporting, monitoring, and anonymised case study capture.

For more information, contact Sarah Thompson, Grants & Programmes Officer, sarah@cumbriafoundation.org or 01900 825760