In 2021 Active Sussex joined the 2-year Live longer Better (LLB) Community of Practice and Learning (CoPL), working alongside 20 other Active Partnerships, the Active Partnerships National Team and other key national partners including the Centre for Ageing Better, Age UK and Sport England.
The CoPL is united behind the transformational shared purpose – to develop a new culture: from “care to enablement”, using physical activity as the driver to increase healthspan for older adults. The key is to support people in remaining active, physically, cognitively and emotionally. Furthermore the network strives to enable people to live longer better and to reduce the need for health and social care.
This is a cultural revolution and revolutions need a favourable conducive environment as well as committed revolutionaries, and three highly significant changes in the environment are taking place as we move towards Phase 3 of the CoPL:
- The immensity of the longer term consequences of Covid-19.
- The impending impact of population ageing and social care costs.
- The need to develop systems that are population based, give value for money and support broader social and economic development.
The Live Longer Better system delivered by local networks is an excellent model and forms a very good foundation for people engaging with the new NHS organisations.