Eastern Devon’s new Local Care Partnership to host virtual conference to improve community health and wellbeing

24 Nov 2021

The new Local Care Partnership (LCP) for Eastern Devon is hosting an online conference called “A Good Place: working together to improve health and wellbeing and tackle health inequalities” on Friday 26 November 2021. The one-day event will bring together over 100 people from the NHS, Councils and the voluntary and community sector to plan to better meet the health and wellbeing needs of the population in this part of Devon.

The new Local Care Partnership covers a large area in Devon ranging from Axminster to Okehampton and includes Exeter, with a total population of around 400,000 people. The LCP is not a new organisation but a partnership that aims to better organise and integrate resources and efforts to collectively make a difference to the lives of people in Mid and East Devon and Exeter. The LCP has been established as a place based partnership that is part of the Devon Integrated Care System.

The Conference will develop joint plans to tackle key issues of particular relevance to this part of Devon: loneliness and social isolation; children and young people’s mental health and unpaid carers. It will also provide a showcase for the strength and depth of work being undertaken by voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprise in East Devon.

Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive Officer at the RD&E and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “It has been clear for some time that simply working our current hospital-based model of care harder to meet rising demand is not the answer. Rather, the NHS needs to work differently by providing more care in people’s homes and the community and breaking down barriers between services. To try and better align resources and make the system work for people rather than the other way round, the NHS and local authorities are trying to put in place a new approach that builds from the bottom up. The LCP provides a real opportunity for us to work together to really improve the health and wellbeing of the population in Exeter and East Devon.”

ICS Devon’s Chair Jane Milligan said, “When we work more closely and in partnership with organisations we can remove some of the barriers that lead to disjointed care.  We already have lots of great examples in Devon of the benefits that can be brought about through joined up working. These include our vaccination outreach programme and joint recruitment of health and care staff by local authorities and the NHS.

“We know that by working collaboratively with organisations and voluntary and community groups we can better meet health and care needs across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, coordinate services and plan future services in a way that improves population health and reduces inequalities between different groups. Ultimately it can help people to live longer, healthier lives.”

Tim Golby, Associate Director of Commissioning at Devon County Council said: “For Local Care Partnerships to really work local communities and neighbourhoods need to be at their heart, shaping and influencing the future shape and delivery of health, care and wellbeing support and services. There is so much incredible work already happening across Eastern Devon but there is so much more that we can all do together to make that work more common, easier to initiate and grow, and be even more effective in improving health and wellbeing for our residents.

“This conference is the start of those wider conversations to showcase, empower and facilitate local communities and neighbourhoods and put them at the heart of the Eastern Local Care Partnership.”




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