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Melton Borough Council confirms its commitment to Lightbulb service for the next 5 years

Published Friday, 11th January 2019

Melton Borough Council has confirmed it’s commitment to the ‘Lightbulb’ service for housing adaptations for the elderly, infirm or those returning home from hospital treatment for the next five years.

‘Lightbulb’ brings together services previously provided separately by the Council, Leicestershire County Council and the NHS under separate duties into a single joined up service. It allows a single assessment of housing needs to be taken, whilst previously separate applications had to be made to each agency.

The overall ambition of the programme is to maximise the contribution that housing support can play in keeping vulnerable people independent in their own homes; helping to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions or GP visits and facilitating timely hospital discharge.

The project has run on a trial basis since October 2017 and the results from this have shown improvements in the provisions made and turnaround times. Customers have also found the service easy to use and savings have been realised by merging previously separate processes into a single approach. Most importantly, outcomes have been improved and this has resulted in shorter waiting lists and reduced the length of hospital stays – saving valuable NHS bed space and resources.

At a meeting on 9th January, Melton councillors agreed to continue participation in the project and dedicate its share of the costs for the next 5 years.

Cllr Mal Sheldon, Chair of the Council’s Place Committee said “This is a prime example of how services can be improved if we work together with partners – it provides better results and at the same time saves money. The approach in Leicestershire is a pioneer in the country and Melton Borough Council is delighted to be part of it. Lightbulb provides a service to some of our most vulnerable residents who need and deserve the best service we can offer.”