Community connectors have been in post since August 2015 and operationally active since October 2015. Commissioned by East Ayrshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership in June 2015 the service is funded through the Integrated Care Fund and managed by the Council of Voluntary Organisations (East Ayrshire) Ltd.Working closely with all of East Ayrshire’s GP practice teams and aligned practitioners community connectors engage with clients to find and access services and resources best suited to meet their needs and circumstances. In the short time, the service has been available community connectors have forged links across most of East Ayrshire’s statutory and third sectors. The service is available to any person registered with a GP practice and plans not only to provide a responsive and holistic service for clients but also to progressively influence the workloads of GP practices by reducing the number of unnecessary appointments.
We are now piloting a project with a Community Connector within Crosshouse Hospital.
The response to the service from professionals and clients has been overwhelmingly positive, even within its relatively short operational lifespan. The relationships community connectors have built and the knowledge and experience professional colleagues have enthusiastically shared have already helped establish this service as a meaningful addition to East Ayrshire’s portfolio.
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