Lincolnshire Health and Care is an initiative looking to design better ways of providing essential health and social care services in the county.
Currently, health and care services are not working together as effectively as they could, according to Lincolnshire County Council.
Its website says: “With a growing and ageing population, the current approach will not be sustainable in the long run. Lincolnshire Health and Care will provide residents with access to safe and good quality services, closer to home, and avoid where possible a lengthy hospital stay.”
Under the new model, it is proposed that people living in the county would have access “to the right care at the right time, which is closer to home, through early intervention and prevention wherever possible”.
That way, people will be less likely to need a stay in hospital and the majority of their health and care needs will be met in the community near to where they live.
The idea is that neighbourhood teams – made up of people like nurses, GPs, social workers, mental health staff and therapists – would provide seven day a week joined up services for local people.
The site says: “For older people who often access a wide variety of health and care services, support will be joined up. This means professionals from different services work together to get the right support wherever possible. In particular, health and care assessments will be joined up and (patients) will be better supported when they come out of hospital.”
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