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Life changing service secures vital funding

26 June 2015

A unique and vital service, which has already helped more than 2,000 Sheffield people, has secured £400,000 to expand and take referrals from GPs across the city.

A unique and vital service, which has already helped more than 2,000 Sheffield people, has secured £400,000 to expand and take referrals from GPs across the city. 

 

Age UK Sheffield’s Independent Living Coordination (ILC) service enables people in difficult circumstances to take back control of their lives, no matter how intractable the challenge appears to be. 

 

Following a four-year pilot with Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK Sheffield’s Independent Living Coordination (ILC) service has now received £200,000 of funding  by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a further £200,000 by the national Age UK charity so the service can become part of Age UK’s National Integrated Care Programme Pilot.

 

Independent Living Coordinators (ILCs) work with people who have long-term illness, lower resilience and/or reduced capability to manage everyday life.

 

So far, more than 65 per cent of Sheffield general practices have referred a patient to the ILC service.

 

Rosalind Eve, chief executive of  Age UK Sheffield, said: “Tailoring their approach to each individual, ILCs listen with care and challenge low expectations. They research, source, act as advocate and mentor – whatever it takes to enable the older person find their own solutions to problems ranging from debt and restricted mobility, to depression and debilitating memory loss.

 

“With a rising older population and ever-decreasing public resources, we have to look at innovative ways, such as the ILC service, to meet the needs of older people.”

 

Added Rosalind: “Within 12 weeks, almost all those referred regain their independence and are able to self-manage the challenges arising from long-term illness, health treatment, mental incapacity, physical disability and/or sensory impairment.”

 

Dr Andrew McGinty, GP and clinical director for long term conditions, cancer, end of life care and older people at NHS Sheffield CCG said: “We are pleased to be able to support this vital programme of work which will enable more older people in Sheffield to live well at home for longer.”