CIC honored for its innovative healthcare solutions at the Powys Business Awards
An innovative community-based company that works with general practitioner practices in South Powys to deliver cost-effective and innovative healthcare solutions has been recognized at the Powys Business Awards.
Red Kite Health Solutions CIC, which has multiple offices in South Powys, won a special judges award, sponsored by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG), at the drive-through awards ceremony in Newtown on Friday evening.
Hosted by MWMG, the Powys Business Awards showcase business excellence across the county.
Sian Jones, Business Development Manager for Red Kite Health Solutions CIC, said:
“We are totally shocked to win this award, but absolutely thrilled for the team. This makes all the hard work worth it in our goal of improving the health and well being of the people of South Powys and doing things a little differently.
“It’s great to see the lineup of companies here tonight representing Powys.”
Established in 2015, Red Kite Health Solutions CIC has 12 employees, including 10 pharmacy professionals, who provide health and wellness services to the people of South Powys.
The company has 43 general practitioners, including four directors, who work together to care for more than 46,000 patients in South Powys.
As the only current CIC of its kind, Red Kite has developed an innovative approach to improve access, quality of services and outcomes for patients, including those vulnerable and affected by COVID-19.
The company, which has developed a range of award-winning services and initiatives, works closely with the Powys Teaching Health Board, communities and the voluntary sector. It holds the only Alternative Medical Services Provider (APMS) contract in Wales.
Its team of pharmacy professionals provide services such as medication reconciliation, counseling for patients, general practitioners and secondary care, chronic disease management and COVID / flu vaccinations. To date, they have achieved more than £ 1.2million in savings on NHS drugs and have saved GPs over 71,000 shares.
A finalist at the 2018 NHS Awards for Developing a Sustainable Workforce, Red Kite won the Royal College of General Practitioners Cluster Innovation Award and the Bright Ideas Award for Developing a Sustainable Workforce through a CIC model in 2019.
The Powys Business Awards judges described Red Kite Health Solutions CIC as “unique, revolutionary and inspiring” and said they were impressed with its “incredible potential for good”.
“A relatively simple business model has been a game-changer in delivering effective and efficient health services in South Powys, reducing wait times, getting people to the practitioner they really need, saving money. time for general practitioners, identifying urgent cases and, incidentally, saving the NHS. millions,” they added.
“The enthusiasm and commitment of the team was incredible and probably one of the main reasons for their success. It is a replicable model that could be implemented across the UK with a high impact for all of us. “