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Innovation in Integration

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Local MP Meg Munn recently met Lorraine Jubb, Commissioning Manager for the Lowedges, Batemoor and Jordanthorpe (LBJ) Integrated Service Project to hear about the work being done to connect potentially vulnerable people into universal services and community based support.

The Lowedges, Batemoor and Jordanthorpe areas contain some of the poorer communities in Sheffield, with a significant proportion of the population being elderly. Local residents had made clear their difficulties in accessing information and services and the need for support with day to day activities.

The LBJ model of integrated working is led by the Adult Social Care Commissioning Service and brings together housing, social care and the voluntary community and faith sectors. The focus is to work with people to help them remain independent and well for as long as possible; thus reducing the need for acute health and social care services.

Lorraine told Meg of her frustrations that current health, housing and social care provision is built almost entirely on reactive systems. Pathways into services are primarily based on responding to crisis rather than on prevention or delaying the need for services. However by taking an integrated and preventative approach the LBJ Project has shown that it is possible to reduce A&E attendances for over 65s which also delays the need for social care, and so saves money in the long term.

Community Support Workers have been crucial in the success of the LBJ project enabling 153 households in the area to access information, social opportunities and practical help to remain independent.  Lorraine told Meg that having this single point of contact to find out about services seems to have encouraged people to get in touch when they might be having a ‘wobble’ rather than waiting until they reach crisis point.

Meg said:

“With budgets under ever increasing pressure and demand on the rise, we are going to have to find innovative solutions to ensure vulnerable people get the services they need. The Lowedges, Batemoor and Jordanthorpe Integrated Service Project is a fantastic example of this innovation.

Lorraine and her team are already seeing promising results from their project which goes to show the importance of a preventive approach, which not only improves the quality of service, but also reduces the cost of care.”

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