Jun 18, 2019
We’re backing an innovative approach to help people avoid developing multiple health conditions by supporting them within their home environment.
Led by the Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership (LPWP), the ‘Household Model’ is exploring a preventative, multi-agency intervention centred around the wellbeing of entire households. It will test how this holistic approach could help one or several family members to slow down progression to multiple long-term conditions.
The approach is based on the growing evidence around social determinants of health, and how our individual health is strongly shaped by our environment, financial and social factors as well as the quality of our relationships.
This ‘test and learn’ intervention is part of our North Lambeth Neighbourhood Scheme and nested within the Portuguese-speaking community. We believe that around 3,100 Portuguese speakers in Lambeth live with one or more diagnosed long-term conditions – a higher prevalence than in other communities. The model looks to join up efforts across different organisations and help families and individuals before they develop more conditions and who may not yet be in contact with services.
With our funding of nearly £190,000, the project will work intensively with around 12 local households where 20 individuals of working age live with at least one diagnosed long-term condition and at risk of developing more. The LPWP will co-produce solutions with other partners and the families themselves, testing new ideas and prototyping the most promising ones into ‘live service experiments’ which will run for a few weeks to learn what works and doesn’t in improving health by involving the whole household.
“Our ambition with the Household model project and our wider work with LPWP is to help answer some of the key questions central to our programme to slow down progression to multiple long-term conditions”, said Rebecca Sunter, our Portfolio Manager on the project. “We want to understand better how we reach and empower people and households who are at risk of developing more long-term conditions and may not be in contact with relevant services. Broadening the focus beyond just looking at single health conditions and one individual is key - we want to look at how frontline services across healthcare and in the community can address a families’ needs, so taking into account the interpersonal and social aspects that shape health at home."
Dr Vik Sharma is the project lead and a local GP. He has extensive experience working with the Portuguese-speaking community and believes that going beyond healthcare is essential. “As GPs, when supporting people with complex health issues and its wider social determinants we try to be holistic but there is often a sense of frustration that what we can offer is limited. This theme is echoed by my colleagues working in other local health and social care organisations. The ‘Household Model’ represents an exciting space for us to find a new way where multiple experts can work together to create solutions for people and their households that are truly relevant and empowering, not only helping them with their immediate needs but also promoting long-term wellbeing.”
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