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The Importance of Connected Care for Carers

The care sector looks set to be one of the biggest employers in the UK in the next decade. The number of people who are estimated to be working in adult social care has already surpassed the number of people working in the NHS to a huge 1.67 million people. This workforce is only set to increase further as the UK population lives for longer. Take this figure for example – compared to 2018 when 8% of our population was aged over 75, by 2043 this is predicted to rise to 13%.

 

A Career in Care

As we celebrate National Careers Week – which takes place from 7th-12th March – what does it mean to have a career in care and how can digital practices improve the way that care is delivered within local communities?

Work as a carer can be broad – and there are lots of different roles associated with care – one such role is a link worker – otherwise referred to as a community connector, wellbeing advisor, or community navigator. But how much do you know about a Link Worker and the role that they play in local communities?

It is important to understand the network that they are a part of. You may have heard of the social prescribing model of care – this enables health and social care professionals, community development workers and others to refer someone to a Social Prescribing Link Worker to talk about the issues that they’re facing and what support they can receive.

 

Understanding the role a Link Worker plays

The social prescribing link worker role has emerged over the last few years. They are often recruited for their listening skills, empathy and ability to support people with varying care needs. Their role is primarily to reduce health and wellbeing inequalities by supporting people to unpick the complex issues that are affecting their wellbeing.

They are the connectors between the people they help and other members of the local community. This could be housing or employment support, connecting them to mental health groups or introducing them to community groups where they can develop skills, friendships and resilience. For a link worker, it’s about understanding the person you’re speaking to, building a relationship with them, and then providing them with the connections to other support networks.

But what happens once link workers have referred patients to other community services – and how can this be monitored with confidence?

 

Digital solutions which aid referral monitoring and management

In order for Link Workers to provide those they help with continuity of care and ensure they don’t get lost in their local community, digital solutions are becoming increasingly important, so that groups can monitor and manage these referrals between different stakeholders with ease.

At Elemental, we have built a platform which does just that. Link workers using our platform are empowered with all of the information they need to make informed decisions about care and target resources more productively, based on the impact the referral has had.

We understand that in industries such health and social care, communication and connectivity is key – and that is what we’re able to provide the 3,000 plus Link Workers across the UK who choose to use our platform.

 

If you would like to find out more about Elemental and how we can help enhance your social prescribing programme, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

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