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Community Connectors are based at Lincoln County Hospital and Boston Pilgrim Hospital five days a week.  The team work in partnership with health and social care colleagues in order to assist with patient discharge and help to avoid unnecessary hospital admission.

The team are able to offer impartial information and advice to patients and their carers.  They are able to signpost and refer to appropriate services that may assist with discharge or avoid admission to hospital.

The Community Connector offers the information and guidance required to increase the patients understanding of their options at what can often be a distressing and confusing time.

Our Community Connectors are here to support patients by signposting and referring to the services they want to access, and need, to maintain their physical and mental health by;

  • Acting as a single point of contact for patients and their carers
  • Provide information, advice and signposting to individuals in order to encourage self-care
  • Support by referring patients to appropriate services within health or social care
  • Working in partnership with health and social care providers
  • Empower patients to remain independent by giving them choice and information

Hospital Discharge Home Recovery Scheme (HDHRS)

The Community Connector are also able to take referrals for patient who are fit for discharge from hospital but are facing a barrier to discharge to their home.

Any goods or services requested through this funding must solve a direct barrier to discharge, where a patient would remain in hospital if this were not put in place.  

A small one off grant can be applied for over a 6 week period. This is to provide goods or services that meet the patient’s needs at the point of discharge, identified through a personalised care and support plan.

Referrals for the HDHRS grants must be made by Health Care Professionals and Adult Social Care Colleagues.

Refer a patient

Community Based Home Recovery Scheme (CBHRS)

If members of the Neighbourhood Team have a patient where they are concerned that their health will deteriorate, leading to either an admission to hospital or a greater strain on the wider health system, they will put a case forward for funding to their Neighbourhood Team Lead.

The same grant is available as the HDHRS grant to prevent the patient from being admitted to hospital or their health seriously deteriorating.

Referrals for the CBHRS grants must be made by members of the Neighbourhood Team via their Neighbourhood Team Lead.

Refer a patient