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Bexley team to tackle loneliness issue

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 March 2018

The team are attempting to tackle the public health issue of loneliness and isolation in older people. Picture: PA

The team are attempting to tackle the public health issue of loneliness and isolation in older people. Picture: PA

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A team made up of Bexley respresentatives are attempting to tackle the public health issue of loneliness and isolation in older people, through a project they successfully applied for.

The 16-week Design in the Public Sector programme is delivered in partnership with the Local Government Association, and aims to increase the public sector’s skills and capacity to use design processes to combat key health challenges.

The Bexley group is made up of members from the London Borough of Bexley, Bexley NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Bexley Voluntary Service Council.

Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “This programme will allow the team to bring back ideas and learning from the experience that will in turn result in improvements to services.”

The team will be exploring the issue of social isolation and loneliness, using this topic as a kick-start to developing a co-production approach, which can then be used to look at other challenges across the three organisations involved.

The team are led by Anjan Ghosh, Bexley’s director of public health, who said: “Over the course of the programme we plan to involve more people from the organisations to be able to share the tools and techniques.”

To find out more about the innovative design and transformation work within Bexley visit https://bexleyinnovationlab.wordpress.com/

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