Early warning system gets share of £1.4m Funding

Early warning system  – Nottinghamshire County Council wins share of £1.4m funding to create early warning system for older people at risk.

 Nottinghamshire County Council has been awarded NHS Digital funding to create an early warning system to identify local residents aged over 65 at most risk of losing their independence.

The £50,000 of funding will be used to start developing an IT programme to detect older people with health conditions that make them at greater risk of needing long-term care using data available to health and social services. 

Long-term conditions such as diabetes, dementia and limited mobility will be considered alongside life events such as a fall or death of a loved one or other issues such limited social engagement and living alone. 

The project will look at the potential for this information to identify people who are unknown to social care. Once identified they can then refer to social care earlier for extra care and support and prevent a loss of independence.

The Council is one of five councils to be awarded the funding and clinical commissioning groups, GP practices in six areas and NHS Trusts covering Nottinghamshire are also involved in the project.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Research has been carried to identify the common themes that lead to people needing long-term residential care.

“This funding will help us target people most at risk to help prevent them losing their independence and reduce their chances of needing ongoing care.” 

James Palmer, Head of the Social Care Programme at NHS Digital said: “I am so pleased that we are able to support local authorities to shape the future of social care. 

“The work on predictive analytics is significant given its potential to support people at earlier stages which may help to reduce the need for long-term social care. 

“Through the use of predictive models that forecast service need and target interventions, we have the chance to help people remain independent, in their own homes, for longer.”