A team made up of two physiotherapists, two social workers, an occupational therapist and a nurse has won ‘best health and well-being initiative’ in this year’s Association of Public Service Excellence Awards (APSE).
The award recognises an innovative early intervention project the trust developed with Stockton Council to help people who are over 65 live independently in their community for as long as possible.
Last October a new team of professionals was created with skills across health, social care and the voluntary sector. They all work together to coordinate each person’s care and support for up to six weeks and in doing so maximise their independence.
As part of this they work with the voluntary sector to help identify benefits that the person they are working with is entitled too. In the last year more than £500,000 of previously unclaimed benefits have been claimed.
Since the team was established they have worked with 771 people and only 22 of them went on to need long-term care.