Age UK helping improve care
We are pleased to announce that we have received funding to work with Age UK to work out how the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and volunteers can help us achieve our objectives.
Age UK Lambeth and Age UK Southwark & Lewisham are going to focus specifically on our Simplified Discharge (transfer from hospital to home), Falls, Infections, Nutrition and Dementia projects.
Will Nicholson, Project Manager at Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care, explained: “We are really excited by this project as we believe there is so much that the great work we are doing with our existing programmes can benefit from greater involvement of the voluntary and community sector and by increasing the use of volunteers.”
Over the next three months until April 2015, Age UK will support these five projects to identify how the VCS and volunteers can strengthen care pathways and improve:
- Clinical outcomes
- Service users/citizens and carer experience
- Staff experience
- Cost reduction.
This funding will give Age UK the capacity to explore these opportunities in more detail and to work with the existing teams to work together to determine how to incorporate the VCS and volunteering into the care pathways.
Lenny Kinnear, Chief Executive of Age UK Lambeth said: “It’s really important that we all work together to ensure that older people are well supported to make a full recovery when they are vulnerable. We also need to find ways to enable people affected by long term conditions to deal with the challenges they face and remain connected to their local community. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring health and social care services together with community based organisations for the greater good.”
If you are involved in a VCS or volunteer programme or service that helps people with returning home from hospital, falling, infections, nutrition and Dementia, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.