Springboard: Support for vulnerable people living alone

31st July 2015

Caring Together partners look set to work with health and social care organisations across Cheshire to expand a service that supports older people living on their own through ‘Springboard’.

Springboard was started by Cheshire Fire and Rescue as a fire risk assessment service for residents aged 65 and over. The fire service then brought Age UK Cheshire on board to direct people towards advice and information on subjects such as living well and combating loneliness.

Of the 50,000-plus people who have had fire risk assessments to date, the majority have been referred by Age UK Cheshire for other services and support.


Now, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG is to talk with partners about involving a wide range of health and social care providers in widening the service. The CCG will propose that the expansion of Springboard is started up as a project under the Cheshire Pioneer programme, the aim of which is to develop joined-up healthcare solutions across Cheshire.

Cheshire Pioneer is made up of Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, and NHS Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire, Vale Royal and West Cheshire CCGs. Projects include the rollout from October 2015 of the Cheshire Integrated Digital Care Record, which will give health and social care professionals a shared, real-time view of patient information that the person in question has agreed to the sharing of.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has endorsed the Springboard approach and is keen to see it expanded.

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