In Leicestershire we are working to develop a co-designed offer that wraps around people, communities and locality teams that is targeted to maintaining wellbeing and independence.
We are working with a range of partners to provide preventative services and local coordination in communities to ensure that vulnerable people have better access to information, support and advice to help them avoid reaching crisis point.
Our vision is that by 2018 we have a comprehensive offer of community based prevention services for the residents of Leicestershire. We are currently on the journey to achieving this. The Better Care Fund has helped us bring together the work of District and Borough Councils, the County Council, local NHS providers and CCGs to achieve this.
A part of the unified prevention programme First Contact Plus launched a self-referral option via its website in November 2017.
In Leicestershire there are Local area coordinators who help to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by supporting isolated, excluded and vulnerable people to access local resources in their area.
Since its inception in September 2017, the falls programme has changed the treatment pathway for older people to enable swifter access to therapy after a fall, to ensure those needing secondary care input do not need to wait so long, and provide services for older people to restore their strength and balance.
Being a carer can often be very demanding, physically, mentally and emotionally. Supporting carers to help maintain their health and wellbeing, including providing practical information and advice is essential. Without this support for carers many more demands would be placed on long term care across the health and care system.
In addition, the NHS also provides information to get help and support. This includes information on Carers Allowance, benefits, caring for children with complex needs, young carers rights and a carers direct helpline.