We change lives by transforming health and care services in partnership with colleagues, communities and commissioners. One of the ways that we do it is by empowering our colleagues – those people who know the services best – to make changes, big and small, to services.
Our FTD Fund enables that work, giving colleagues access to a minimum of £100,000 each year for projects which make a real difference. Whether it’s trying out something new, buying some incidental equipment that improves the experience and makes life easier for colleagues our the people who use our services, or seed funding a long term project, decisions on what to fund are made by colleagues too – our 300 “panel of peers” meets monthly to hear about projects and award funding.
Since 2017 the FTD Fund has awarded more than £300,000 of grants to projects developed and implemented by our frontline health and social care workers.
Here’s some highlights of the Grants made by the fund recently.
Virgin Care is using the Feel the Difference fund to help an Essex-based charity encourage Maldon families to lead healthier lifestyles through growing their own food.
Santa’s stockings are spreading Christmas joy to elderly patients across Bath and North East Somerset
Elderly and isolated patients are set to receive Christmas stockings this year thanks to our Feel the Difference grant.
Children’s play area in Basildon gets Virgin Care makeover after frolicking foxes decide it’s the only play in Essex
Virgin Care’s are using the FTD grant to rebuild an outdoor children’s play area in Essex after foxes took a little bit too much of a liking to its toys during lockdown.
Wellness Service Manager Sarah Button has told how Virgin Care is helping to raise awareness of hidden disabilities, and it’s all thanks to her ‘inspirational’ eight-year-old.
Virgin Care, one of the largest independent providers of NHS services in England with more than 400 health and social care services, is celebrating a successful year of projects to improve services designed, developed and delivered by its frontline health and care colleagues.
£3,000 for Parkinson's support groups
A grant funded 6 months of music and singing groups for people with Parkinson's disease in Bath and North East Somerset. The team of colleagues who applied for the funding had read about the benefits of singing groups for patients' wellbeing, confidence and vocal skills - all objectives aligned with our transformation work with the local council to help people to stay as well as possible for as long as possible.
£2,820 to empower new parents
Our 0-19 model moves the focus of child health clinics away from 'just weighing a baby' and instead focuses on improving outcomes by empowering parents, creating strong support networks and putting parents in control. Our Wiltshire team used a grant to buy props to support discussions at these clinics and to improve engagement.