The Lancaster Model provides a validated, systematic approach to assess the needs of individuals and populations, identifying children and young people earlier who would most likely be 'under the radar'.
How The Lancaster Model Works
This proactive rather than reactive approach has been developed over many years and is based on two elements: a sustainable health needs assessment process providing a cyclical approach of staged contacts to evidence the needs of children, young people and their families and a workforce skill mix strategy which utilises the skills and competencies of the existing workforce, whilst developing and directing the future workforce.
What practice and interventions are currently being delivered to children, young people and their families?
What are the actual needs of children, young people and families?
Who is the right person to meet the identified needs and deliver the appropriate interventions?
Do the existing team have the appropriate skills and competencies to meet the identified needs?
To strengthen preventative, public health practice delivery, all information collated via The Lancaster Model becomes aggregated population data, to share securely with schools and other agencies in a specific local community. Public Health Priorities are then agreed yearly and formalised in an Action Plan to help address the root causes of poor health and wellbeing.
Since 2014 School Healthcare Professionals have also had the option to access the TLM portal. This innovative web-based application enables the online delivery of The Lancaster Model, delivering the sustainable health needs assessment elements of the model. TLM ensures that all children, young people and their families receive a health and development review at set life stages, without having to have a face to face meeting with a professional. The analysis within the system delivers early alerts immediately once an assessment has been completed which enables the appropriate team member to deliver the required support much earlier.
Alongside this, access to aggregated data at school, cluster and regional level evidences the bespoke design of public health interventions. This combines cyclical information can also be shared at a higher level, influencing joint strategic needs assessments, service specifications and the planning and commissioning of health, wellbeing and social care services within a local authority area.