The Lincs Independent Living Partnership (LILP), which develops services to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of Lincolnshire’s more vulnerable residents, has launched its latest annual review.
Stronger Together celebrates what the partnership, which is made up of five charitable organisations, has achieved in the last 12 months.
LILP brings together representatives from AGE UK Lincoln & Kesteven, Boston Mayflower, Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency, St Barnabas Hospice and LACE Housing to share resources to support older people within the county.
Among the highlights in the review are the innovative Hospital Avoidance Response Team (HART) scheme and the positive impacts of the Wellbeing Service.
Commissioned by the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust as a pilot project in December 2015, HART provides up to 72 hours of support at home for people for whom hospital admission is deemed inappropriate or avoidable, or following discharge from hospital.
Between 2016 and 2017, HART supported 881 people, handled 2,424 call-outs and made 180 referrals for additional support to LILP’s Wellbeing Service. HART has saved the NHS an estimated £444,000 in hospital admission avoidance and £216,189 in the timely discharge of patients, freeing up beds and resources.
Set up with the aim of helping people facing illness and disability to retain or regain their independence, the Wellbeing Service was commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust in April 2014.
The service provides one-to-one support for adults who are experiencing mobility, access or transport problems or who need help organising their benefits or to prevent social isolation.
In the last 12 months the Wellbeing Service has supported 4,701 individuals, 3,206 of whom were new service users.
To read the Stronger Together review in full please click below.