Blaby District Council has won an Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) award for Best Collaborative Working Initiative.
The award is for the Council’s partnership with the County Council and Leicestershire’s district/borough councils on the centralised housing support service, Lightbulb. The service is spearheaded and hosted by Blaby District Council, which first piloted the scheme back in 2015.
Lightbulb has now been rolled our across Leicestershire and supports older people to ensure they can live in their homes as safely as possible. The project has already been a success, with a reduction in A and E attendances and emergency admissions. These have saved the NHS an estimated £220,000.
920 unnecessary bed days were also saved from the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, saving an additional £219,000.
As a result of Lightbulb’s work so far, 89% of service users have reported and improvement in their physical and mental health. 78% felt better about their home and 71% felt better able to get around their home and garden without the risk of falling.
Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are so proud to have been awarded this honour, and to be a part of the project. Lightbulb is a success due to the excellent work of everyone planning and delivering the project, as well as the fantastic partnership working with other districts and the County Council.
“The service brings wider and consistent housing support for all residents in Leicestershire, which also benefits housing, health and social care partners."
The Council has also been shortlisted for The Collaboration Award in the Home Improvement Agency Awards 2017 at the House of Lords later in September.