Community Hospitals Association
The Community Hospitals Association (CHA) was established in 1969 and is a unique voice for community hospitals - their services, staff, patients and communities. The CHA is a membership organisation which supports community hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are dedicated to sharing knowledge and experience on the role, function and potential of community hospitals. We also share information throughout our networks on the contribution that community hospital services make to the health and wellbeing of patients and communities.
Roy Lilley is the Director of NHS Fab Stuff and we are delighted that he is also the Patron of the CHA. We share the ambition of promoting good practice with the Academy of NHS Fab Stuff and are very pleased to be working together.
The CHA actively encourages research and evaluation in community hospitals in order to inform practice and improve patient care.
- Applying knowledge from research
- Transferring learning from good practice
- Informing planning for appropriate services
- Sharing ways in which communities support their community hospital
- Securing excellence in patient care
- Bringing new knowledge, information, evidence, updates and resources on community hospitals.
Community Hospitals (CH) made important contributions during the Covid-19 response, demonstrating flexibility, resilience and innovation. CH are local hospitals, often rural, and there are around 500 throughout the UK. 3 examples of quality improvement and innovation have been shared on the Community Hospitals Association (CHA) website:
*Improved communication between patients, families and staff via new technology to encourage motivation and progress rehabilitation
*Improved skills and confidence through locally designed, rapid, virtual training for redeployed staff optimising flexibility and care
*Optimised use of therapy time through implementing home assessments remotely
Also it’s the 50th Anniversary of the CHA this year and we would welcome all those who are interested in community hospitals to join in our celebrations and join the Association. This year we have decided to have free personal LIFETIME membership currently reflecting our 50thAnniversary year via the web link http://www.communityhospitals.org.uk/joining-cha-membership.html
CHA Website: www.communityhospitals.org.uk