Working in Partnership

Plymouth Hospitals Charity believes passionately in the power of partnerships. We are proud to be a strategic partner of University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and understand that by working closely with our partners in the NHS, NHS charities and local organisations we can significantly enhance support for patients and NHS staff across Devon. 

We are proud to be the lead charity for Devon for the NHS Charities Together (NHS CT) Community Partnership Grants Programme launched in September 2020.

NHS Charities Together is the national, independent NHS charity caring for the NHS, and represents all NHS charities associated with hospitals, mental health, ambulance and community health services across the UK.

In March 2020 NHS Charities Together launched a Covid-19 Appeal and NHS CT became the focal point for the outpouring of public support. The appeal raised £150 million to support patients, hospital staff, and volunteers at the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

The Community Partnership Grant Programme is funded through the appeal and was launched in recognition of the vital work that voluntary and community groups do to support the NHS. These groups, such as hospices, care homes and charities, have helped the NHS by supporting the health of communities affected by Covid-19. This funding seeks to support effective partnerships between the NHS and its community partners.

Working closely with our local NHS Charity partners, we identified eight local Delivery Partners and in July 2021 we were informed that our application to NHS CT had been successful. Plymouth Hospitals Charity was awarded £534,639 to support projects that provide vital help to patients, staff and volunteers on the frontline at the most critical of times. 

Find out more about NHS Charities Together here


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Volunteer medics help save lives in communities across rural Devon and can be on site within minutes, day or night. Responding to incidents at the request of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust they provide an additional tier of medical support supplementing the excellent service provided by local ambulance crews.

The grant will  expand the capacity of the BASICS Devon voluntary services focusing on Plymouth and Western Devon. This will involve recruiting, training and fully equipping three additional volunteer immediate care doctors over the course of two years.

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Step One Charity

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BeWell@StepOne is an integrated care model using online support pathways to increase capacity for providing and receiving mental health support.  

Designed in partnership with the NHS and local commissioners, and piloted during Summer 2020, BeWell@StepOne will address the rise in mental ill health and provide early online intervention to Devon patients with low mental health issues, with the aim of preventing GP/ hospital admissions.

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Torbay Community Development Trust

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Torbay Community Helpline will recruit a Volunteer Coordinator, who will recruit, train and support a team of 50 volunteer call handlers as part of the wider community helpline system  set up in March 2019 to support anyone in need due to COVID across Torbay.

The helpline provides a wide range of support delivered by citizens, staff and volunteers across a range of partner vcse and faith groups, providing shopping, prescriptions, befriending, finance and benefits advice, housing support, mental health support, children and family support, links into social care and health, including a hospital discharge home support service.  

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Devon Community Foundation

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Wellbeing Exeter - Community Connecting for Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) communities. This project builds on an existing partnership of voluntary and community sector organisations working together to provide the firm foundations for individuals and communities in the city to improve their health and wellbeing, reducing pressure on health and social care services now and in the future.  

This new project will expand the current partnership to develop and increase the support available from the programme to people from BMER communities in Exeter.

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Living Options Devon

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The Options for Living Project is a new project which aims to reduce health inequalities and pressure on the NHS.

The project will train a team of Community Vaccine Champions to increase Devon’s COVID Vaccination uptake and develop a new discharge support service that will embedded within local communities preventing re-admissions and reduce inequalities over the the long term.

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Rowcroft Hospice

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Increasing access to Hospice at Home

Of the 81% of people who wish to die in the comfort of their own home, only 24% achieve this in Devon. The Hospice at Home service helps patients fulfil this goal.

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Healthwatch Torbay & Engaging Communities South West

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The Digital Health Devon project is supported by the NHS in Devon and offers free online training about how to access local health, social care and wellbeing services using the internet.

The Digital Health Devon project offers free guidance showing people how they can use the internet to access resources such as online consultation services and prescription-ordering systems. All e-learning resources are open and free to use without the need to register on the  unique website.

Read more here.

One Northern Devon

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Home from Hospital and Beyond will be supporting hospital patients on their discharge from North Devon District Hospital and supporting patients referred from other health and social care partners to connect them to the non-medical support they need.  

It aims to address factors that impact their health and likelihood of admission to hospital such as loneliness, cold homes, debt issues and other issues that matter to the patient and thereby reduce unnecessary medical interactions.

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Plymouth Hospitals Charity Devon Partners

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Plymouth Hospitals Charity Devon Partners

PHC is University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust NHS charity. We work closely with the other NHS Charities in Devon that support each of the Trusts.

You can read more about NHS Charities in Devon below

Devon Partnership Trust Special Charity

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Devon Partnership Trust Charity

The DPT Charity exists to meet the wishes of patients, carers and employees of the Devon Partnership NHS Trust to enhance our care.

Donations give hope and support to those with mental health and learning disability needs across Devon above beyond what the NHS is able to fund.

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Over and Above

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Over and Above

Over and Above is the registered working name of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund and supports the work of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

We fundraise Over and Above what the NHS is able to provide to make a real difference to our patients, their families and our amazing staff that treat them.

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RD&E Hospital Charity

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RD&E Hospital Charity

The RD&E Charity raises money to support the amazing and often lifesaving work that takes place across the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Your support and generosity make a real difference for our patients, their families and our dedicated staff throughout our hospitals and the communities we serve across mid, central and eastern Devon.

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Torbay and South Devon NHS Charitable Fund

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Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Funds

Donations are received from individuals and organisations and are independent of the monies provided by the Government. These charitable donations are a very important source of funds for us and have produced great benefits for both patients and staff, including:

  • Medical and other equipment to support patient care, diagnosis and research
  • Refurbishment of ward and other areas to create a better environment and generally enhance patient care
  • Those extra comforts for patients not permitted from other sources such as televisions, trips, holidays, recreational facilities and other entertainments
  • Staff welfare, amenities, books, training and education

Most wards and departments have their own individual funds within the Torbay and South Devon NHS Charitable Fund.

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