Lincs Independent Living Partnership (LILP) was presented with the Health, Housing and Care – Innovative Partnerships Award by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Midlands at a glittering awards ceremony at the Ricoh Centre, Coventry on Thursday 10 November 2016. This is the third time that our ground-breaking method of collaborative working has been recognised by an awards body.
LILP is a consortium of five local charitable organisations: Age UK Lincoln & Kesteven, Boston Mayflower, LACE Housing, Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency (LHIA) and St Barnabas Hospice. Together, under the banner of LILP, we work alongside health, care and housing commissioners to develop services which achieve better outcomes for an increasingly ageing population, prevent accident, illness and hospital admission, and reduce pressure on an already-overburdened public sector.
LILP is now in its third year of delivering the Wellbeing Service on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council*. The service provides one-to-one support to help people overcome any issues affecting wellbeing and independence, such as mobility around the home, accessing benefits or dealing with public bodies, utilities, etc.
The CIH Midlands Awards judges were impressed by the strong statistical evidence of successes which the Wellbeing Service provides. In Year 1 of Wellbeing Service delivery, for example, there were 60 instances where ambulance call outs and A&E attendance were avoided, representing a saving of £20,940. In Year 2, there were 191 instances, representing a saving of £66,659. An analysis* of the service in Year 1 shows a social return of £4.15 each £1.00 invested in it – 10% above the national benchmark.
Demonstrating strong partnership working and significant social and financial impact, LILP enables commissioners to achieve internal and external cost savings by working with just one local service provider who can muster the might of five local organisations. LILP’s mode of service delivery is described by CIH Midlands as ‘an example of good practice and demonstrable benefits’.
Commenting on the award, Nick Chambers, Chair of LILP Joint Steering Board and CEO of LACE Housing, said: ‘This most recent award provides yet another independent endorsement of our particular mode of collaborative working and the effectiveness of LILP’s services. Working in partnership with health, housing and care sectors, we can design and deliver services, such as the Wellbeing Service and, more recently, the Hospital Avoidance Response Team (HART), which are actually helping to transform lives and bring significant savings to the public purse.’
*LILP delivers the Wellbeing Service in five of Lincolnshire’s seven districts, excluding East Lindsey and North Kesteven, where district councils deliver similar services.
**From Interim Evaluation – Summary Report by Rose Regeneration, June 2015
***LILP delivers HART on behalf of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust in six of the seven districts in the county, excluding East Lindsey, where the service is provided by Walnut Care.