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Health outreach workers

Details of saving proposals

Background

A sum of public health grant was allocated in 2014-15 to establish a pool of twelve public health outreach workers. Based in Ideas stores but working in other community settings the objectives of the programme are to:

  • conduct individual health and wellbeing assessments
  • provide lifestyle advice and signpost to local services
  • provide health and care information and advice
  • gather and share insights on local services
  • implement a health programme in Ideas Stores.

Current investment

  • £570k was allocated to this programme (12 outreach workers)
  • 3 outreach workers have been recruited so far as the programme is being piloted in Whitechapel Idea Store.

Proposed reduction in 16/17

Health outreach worker programme (£570k) reduced by £440k in 16/17.

Summary

From a base budget of £570,000 we are proposing a saving of £440,000 from 2016/17 onwards.

Implications

Health outreach worker programme (£570k) reduced by £440k in 16/17

Three public health outreach works were recruited in 2014-15 and are now in post. It is proposed to recruit one further outreach workers making the total team of four outreach workers that will be deployed one in each of the four localities in the borough. The cost of the four workers team is £130,000 per year. This means that a saving of £440,000 in the budget can be realised by not recruiting further outreach workers. No recruitment has been carried out to any of the outreach worker posts that are being deleted through this saving and therefore no staff are affected by the change, which is, however a saving to the public health staff budget overall.

There are no implications for staff and it is considered that four health outreach workers are adequate to meet the objectives of the programme. Since the original funding proposal was agreed a mapping of the available health outreach staff has indicated that with the addition of one outreach worker per locality in addition to other existing services such as Health Trainers there is sufficient capacity.

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