Sutton is the only London council to fund Admiral nurses – specialist dementia nurses who can help patients live in their own homes for longer, retaining comfort and independence in their lives. In its first 12 months the service, operated as a partnership between Dementia UK, the Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the council, saved over £290,000 in health and care costs and improved the lives of many residents living with dementia. The service employs four nurses, supporting over 200 residents.
Social prescribing is a non-medical approach to dealing with health issues. It enables primary care services to refer people with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services, such as financial and pastoral support. Sutton CCG and the council are exploring how social prescribing might be provided locally as part of a partnership between GPs and a range of public, voluntary and community organisations.
Help Yourself to Health is a six week programme for migrant and black and minority ethnic communities / patients that aims to support learning about NHS Services and how to access them appropriately. The course raises awareness of key health prevention messages and and helps participants to take control of their general health and well-being. Further education and self-help initiatives have been rolled out, including courses for ‘Living with Diabetes’ and ‘Living with COPD’ – with more to follow.
Sutton Homes of Care Vanguard is one of only six ‘enhanced health in care home projects’ vanguards in England devoted to devising and delivering new models of residential care and improved, integrated health and rehabilitation services. The programme is being run by Sutton CCG in partnership with the council, Age UK Sutton, the Alzheimer’s Society and the borough’s 27 GP practices.
Better Contacts is a partnership between the council and the London Fire Brigade, aimed at providing preventative support to vulnerable residents across the borough, primarily by flagging up need and referring people to relevant public service providers. To begin with, the project is concentrating on reporting potential issues regarding fire prevention, safeguarding, alcohol and drug misuse, housing and employment needs.