Essex Partnership drives health and social care outcomes through activity

Essex County Council Adult Social Care, Sport For Confidence CIC and Active Essex have formed a county-wide strategic partnership to ensure all Essex citizens can be active, be engaged with their community, be happy and be independent.

The Prevention and Enablement Model (PEM) is a 12-month ‘test and learn’, Local Delivery Pilot (LPD) funded by Essex County Council Adult Social Care and Active Essex’ that tests how the health and social care system in Essex can hardwire physical activity into its business as usual. 

The initiative will provide evidenced base practice for sector providers to use and to build upon, improve outcomes for residents to enable independence, improve population health and develop communities that are inclusive. Sport For Confidence CIC has been appointed as the project’s specialist delivery partner.

Senior Occupational Therapist and Founder of Sport For Confidence, Lyndsey Barrett, says: “Sport For Confidence is already evidencing the positive effect community support services can have, not just on individuals, but also on alleviating the pressure placed on health and social care services. Through our work, it has been made clear, that a person-centred, whole-system approach to health care is what is needed to drive positive change on a community wide scale and that physical activity has a central role to play in delivery plans. This is the ethos behind PEM,” Lyndsey Barrett

The strategic partnership responsible for the delivery of PEM officially formed in August 2020. Over the next 12 months, the impact of PEM will be independently accessed by the university of Essex. 

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