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Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council: Open Minds

  The ambition In response to the recommendations of Future in Mind (2015), Calderdale Council, Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other local partners came together in a multi-agency Emotional Health and Wellbeing Taskforce to create and deliver a Calderdale Local Transformation Plan for Emotional Health and Wellbeing.

Cornwall: how we set up mass vaccination sites to take pressure off NHS

Cornwall used this winter’s flu vaccination programme, which for the first time involved people aged 50 to 64, to test out the concept of mass vaccination centres.

Bristol City Council: bridging the gap between NHS and community

The council has worked closely with the local community since the start of the vaccination programme to encourage good uptake.

Somerset County Council: running outreach clinics for the homeless

At the start of the pandemic the council set up a homelessness cell - which led to many rough sleepers being encouraged off the streets and into accommodation.

Camden: avoiding preventable physical health admissions for people with learning disabilities

Camden’s work on avoiding preventable hospital admissions for people with learning disabilities was inspired by two avoidable deaths of people with learning disabilities. These deaths were reviewed via Learning Disability Mortality Reviews (LeDeR) and, subsequently, Safeguarding Adult Reviews for Mr V and Adult W. Through these reviews, Camden Council and its’ health partners working together through the Safeguarding Board, identified that there was a high level of expectation on social care providers in supported living settings to manage physical health risks for people with learning disabilities and, where staff lacked confidence to manage these risks, the result was high levels of attendance at A&E, ambulance callouts and avoidable deterioration in physical health.

Improving assessment for home adaptions using smartphones

Derbyshire County Council explored the potential for smartphone technology to support rapid assessments for adaptions of client’s homes.

Giving adults with learning disabilities more independence through online resources

TECHKNOW is an online resource supporting adults with learning disabilities and carers find technology to help them be more independent.

Helping people with daily travel with digital maps

Plan Ahead is a tool designed to help residents travel in their daily lives and overcome anxieties or accessibility challenges they face. The solution is an easy-to-read, use and follow map with navigation aids, such as pictures of landmarks.

Preventing falls in the community with the Safe Steps mobile app

Falls can have a devastating impact on an older person’s life, causing physical injury and a loss of confidence and independence. This project aims to improve prevention and management of falls to reduce the impact on older residents and the health and social care system.

Using data mapping to inform care decisions

‘The Bridge’ is a tool for data visualisation, designed to display public sector data and provide effective economic forecasting and market insights. Follow-on funding was granted to share the project and its learning with other councils.