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New online platform launched to help vulnerable adults and their carers


26 April 2016

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A new online platform has been launched jointly by a clinical commission group (CCG) and a charity to help vulnerable adults and their carers in west Lancashire.

The free Rally Round platform is designed to link vulnerable people with a network of people who can help them with day to day tasks, such as shopping or changing lightbulbs.

It has been launched by West Lancashire CCG, which covers areas including Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and West Lancashire CVS.

A new online platform has been launched jointly by a clinical commission group (CCG) and a charity to help vulnerable adults and their carers in west Lancashire.

The free Rally Round platform is designed to link vulnerable people with a network of people who can help them with day to day tasks, such as shopping or changing lightbulbs.

It has been launched by West Lancashire CCG, which covers areas including Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and West Lancashire CVS.

The jobs are logged so people involved with their care can keep track of outstanding jobs and communicate with each other to offer the best support.

The CCG’s IT lead Chris Russ said it was an excellent online resource which could make a difference to people’s health and well-being.

In a briefing paper on the technology Russ explained that Rally Round could help people, especially frail elderly people, to be better supported to live at home independently.

Russ said: “By taking both a targeted approach (those citizens that are high users of hospital services) and allowing the product to grow organically through the use of our voluntary services we believe this product can be a valuable asset in our toolkit for improving care, reducing demand and enabling improved support following discharge from hospital.”

Commissioners often hear about the struggles which make it tough for carers and other vulnerable people to manage their everyday life said Russ.

”Whether it’s doing the shopping, changing a lightbulb or attending a health appointment Rally Round aims to create a support network to take on these tasks and support those who need it most.”

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