What we know now - integrated care through community and neighbourhood working

Working differently with communities can have significant impacts on people’s health and wellbeing.


The need for better community and neighbourhood working


The impact of working differently with communities

Working differently with communities can have significant impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. Feedback while developing this guide included:

  • Supporting people to remain independent for longer in their own homes
     
  • Increasing the available capacity of services and support
     
  • Making it easier for people to find support and participate in their communities
     
  • Helping people to manage their own conditions for example, through peer support, using digital solutions or assistive technology
     
  • Preventing escalation of need by helping people who need some support to stay independent but do not meet statutory eligibility requirements
     
  • Bringing a wider range of partners more fully into health and care integration including housing, primary care and the VCSE sector

Where this has worked well

Some examples to show the tangible benefits of working differently with communities

Somerset Council and community catalysts

Over four years this work supported the development of 425 community enterprises (362 brand new). Micro-enterprises delivered 12,000 hours of care a week to 1,500 people.

Somerset Council and community catalysts

Birmingham Council

Achieved a 36 per cent reduction in need for long-term services after adopting strengths-based ways of working.

University of Birmingham helps drive changes to adult social services with Birmingham City Council

Evaluations of social prescribing

Shows improved mental and physical health and reduced demand on GPs, A&E and secondary care.

A review of the evidence assessing impact of social prescribing on healthcare demand and cost implications

Evaluation of Shared Lives Plus

Found annual savings of £26,000 per person for people with learning disabilities and £8,000 for people with mental ill health.

Shared Lives Plus

 


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