WORKFORCE: A new community service has been set up to improve the health and wellbeing of adults and older people in West Sussex.

The southern Prevention Assessment Team (PAT) has been launched to support the Littlehampton, Worthing and Shoreham area of the county.

It is based at the Glebeland Centre, Shoreham, includes staff from West Sussex County Council, Sussex Community NHS Trust, and local charity Guild Care.

Made up of health advisors, social care staff and support workers, it will help anyone not receiving services from specialist health care or social care teams to stay healthy and remain independent.

County Council Cabinet member for adults’ services Peter Catchpole said: “The Prevention Assessment Team offers support to people, advising them about how to keep healthy and manage health issues and signposting them to agencies that can help them through practical tasks such as shopping, cleaning and gardening.”

People can be referred to the team by a GP, social services and from “health and wellbeing hubs” that are being set up.

The PCT plans for two other PATs to be set up – one in the north and the other in the west of the county.