Social Isolation & Loneliness


Loneliness and social isolation in older people (Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)) February 2016
Feelings of loneliness and social isolation can affect people at any stage in their life, but are particularly acute for older people. Research has made important distinctions between the two states, looked at some of the risk factors and identified the effects both on individuals and public services, particularly in social care and health. Despite extensive research into the nature and scale of loneliness, there is a lack of high quality evidence to demonstrate the impact of different interventions to combat its effects. There are also differences of opinion about the relative impact of interventions that work at either an individual or a community level. However some case studies highlighted by the LGA indicates good returns on investment. Access briefing here

Older Peoples Isolation Index: Results for Wirral (March 2015) 
Wirral postcodes were mapped by their chance of containing older people who are at risk of social isolation, using an older people isolation index (OPII) based on Mosaic geodemographic data. We found that Bidston & St James ward and Birkenhead & Tranmere ward had the highest average older people isolation index score. There were three hotspots of potential older people at risk of isolation around Oxton, West Kirby & Hoylake, and New Ferry, Bebington & Bromborough. View report here

Evidence review for Older People and social isolation (May 2015) - produced by Business & Public Health Intelligence Team - View here

Campaign to End Loneliness (online resource) (July 2015)
Loneliness and Isolation: Guidance for Local Authorities and Commissioners.  
This guidance provides adult social care, clinical commissioning groups and public health teams with useful resources on planning how to address loneliness experienced by older people in their local populations here

Latest Wirral District Community Safety Plan 2015/16 from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Services. Its inclusion on this page hghlights some key issues related to isolation and local Fire & Rescue services in Wirral

Campaign to End Loneliness Research Bulletin  - February 2015 - here or website here

Promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation in later life (January 2015)
Loneliness and social isolation are widely recognised as among the most significant and entrenched issues facing our ageing society.This AgeUK guide sets out to reflect the full range of initiatives being undertaken to tackle loneliness, and which show promise in tackling this serious public health issue. It asks experts what is being done to tackle loneliness in communities up and down the country. Access the report here

Loneliness - Rapid Evidence Review - Liverpool Public Health Observatory (July 2014) here

Wirral Public Health Annual Report 2013 Social Isolation here

Key information sources for you to consider:
Health and social care outcomes frameworks (Collection)
Public Health England Data and Knowledge Gateway
NHS Information Centre
JSNA other useful sources of information