The new Local Area Coordination independent evaluation for the Isle of Wight shows “statistically significant improvements in health status, health confidence and personal wellbeing for those receiving LAC support” and reflects on the “active ingredients” which make Local Area Coordination work.
To provide a full picture the qualitative evaluation included four primary components: LAC staff interviews, interviews with people receiving LAC support, case studies provided by LAC staff, and a survey of other health professionals regularly involved with LAC.
Some of the comments from the interviews included:
“The help has been life saving for me as I was so low. She [LAC] helped me to open up and realise I can find help. She is lovely and I am so grateful for her kind visits.”
“No referral and no red-tape. It makes those ‘hard to reach’ people that every agency is trying to engage with take ownership and direction of what they want to change in their lives rather than us telling them what we think needs to change”
“The LACs provide an invaluable service.”
Read the full report here.