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A pioneering initiative between fire and health partners has scooped top honours at the recent Health Expo 2016 Awards in Hull.

The Transforming Services Award went to the ground-breaking partnership between Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and the Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which has led to the introduction of the Falls Response service in Hull.

Alan Johnson, MP for Hull West and Hessle presented the awards at the ceremony on Thursday 7 July at the KCOM Stadium in Hull. He is pictured with SM Matt Sutcliffe of HFRS and Erica Daley and Emma Latimer from Hull CCG.

Transforming Services – Health and Fire and Rescue Service integration in Hull

Over the last two years Humberside Fire and Rescue and Hull CCG have worked successfully in partnership under the Hull 2020 transformation programme.

This working relationship led to the piloting of a rapid falls response where firefighters attended hundreds of callouts for falls within six months, reaching fallers on average in around 17 minutes. The Fire and Rescue Service is also to be a major element of the CCG’s plans for integrated out-of-hospital care supporting rehabilitation and reablement within the community.

The Fire and Rescue Service also delivers ‘FireFit’ sessions free to disadvantaged young people in station gyms and turns heads in Hull with a bright blue engine promoting the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer to men over the age of 50.

Closer working between fire and health has given both organisations an opportunity to see and do things differently – transforming services to ensure that ‘every contact counts’ for people in Hull.