Businesses and charities needed for Lincolnshire health plan

Businesses, charities and voluntary organisations are being asked to come forward to help support an emerging plan to improve the health and care sector in Greater Lincolnshire.

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP launched its Health and Care Plan at the LEP Business Live event in the Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground.

It is looking for private and third-sector partners to join an advisory board.

The LEP’s Health and Care Plan identifies four areas targeted to make a difference to the sector in the future:

  • Research and development – developing new products and supporting the discovery of new knowledge
  • Skills and workforce – growing the sector’s skills and career aspirations
  • Housing – supporting housing packages that promote independence, wellbeing and choice
  • Community resourcing – using people’s input and skills to shape their future.

Dr Tony Hill, Director of Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council and Health and Care Lead on the board of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “The health and care sector is already an important element of our local economy.

“We need a new approach to health and social care that will improve the quality of care, integrate services, reduce the burden on the taxpayer and help to grow a new invigorated sector at the same time.”

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The current population of 50+ individuals, and 75+ year old people in Greater Lincolnshire, is projected to increase in the future. Infographic: Lincolnshire LEP

Andrew Brooks, Employment & Skills Team Leader in Economy & Culture at LCC, added: “The number of over 55s living here is projected to increase 20% faster than the national rate between now and 2025.

“These older people will all require proportionally more care, but dwindling resources mean that we need to find other mechanisms so people can find the care products and services that they need.

“One of the key elements of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s plan for the sector is to encourage private-sector businesses to come forward and join an advisory group to look at innovative ways in which the private and third sectors can provide some of these services.”

For more information or to come forward to help support the plan, people can call 01522 550540.