Published: 29th Jan 2019

A new study by the University of Birmingham has revealed how community hospitals play a vital function in their local communities, especially in isolated rural areas. Researchers at the University of Birmingham’s Health Services Management Centre & Third Sector Research Centre, in collaboration with the Community Hospitals Association (CHA), looked into the role of community hospitals and how they engage with their local community. The research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), concluded that community hospitals represented a ‘significant community asset’ and evoked a strong sense of community ownership. Researchers particularly praised their integrated approach to health and social care services and how embedded they are in their local communities. The writers of the report said the findings illustrate how policy makers must focus on hospitals’ wider social value in addition to narrower financial concerns. Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care and Head of School … (To read the full article, subscribe below)