Improving our understanding of Social Isolation
PHE ePoster Library. Hooper J. 09/10/18; 221202; 108
Jeremy Hooper
Jeremy Hooper
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Abstract Methods:The population in Wiltshire aged 65 or over is predicted to rise by a third in the next 10 years. This is placing increasing pressure on health and adult social care services.The drive to greater integration of Health and Social care needs to be underpinned by a better understanding of areas where the population is at greater risk of social isolation and how that is impacting on outcomes and service utilisation.Partners from Primary Care, Secondary Care and Social Care working as an Older Peoples Collaborative, using the Age UK Map of Loneliness and local data on tele care calls and activity built a picture of the high-risk areas with the greatest impact.We also used the JSNA process within Wiltshire to identify schemes and programmes which might help alleviate Social Isolation.Results:Our work identified that more urban areas and carers rather than service users felt more social isolated. Having identified the areas, we found that the opportunities to support these people were available but these services were not signposted to clients effectively.Outcomes:The Council is now working with our Community Areas to develop local area co-ordinators who can signpost people to locally available services.The Older Peoples Collaborative is looking to ensure all frontline staff are aware of social isolation and can identify those who might be at risk so they can encourage the use of the local area co-ordinator.This is currently being trialled and we are looking to evaluate the outcomes. External funding details N/A
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