15/11/2021 - Rural Health and Social Care Sub Group Meeting

Date: 15th November 2021
Subject: Rural Social Care and Health
Chair: Graham Biggs MBE, Chief Executive, Rural Services Network
Hosted: Online Event via Zoom

- To download the agenda and papers associated for this meeting, click here

- To download a copy of the RSN's 'Social Care in a Rural Context' presentation click here

- To download a copy of Lauren Giddins (Community Council Somerset) and Rhys Davies (Somerset County Council) presentation on Semerset Micro-providers click here

- To download a copy of the learning outcomes click here

Learning Outcomes

Examples of Good Practice

Key Learning Points
  • Key issues facing rural councils in delivering care services include:
    • Resource, rural areas receive significantly lower levels of funding from Government than urban areas.
    • Workforce, recruitment and retention of staff in rural areas is more challenging due to lack of affordable housing, travel costs, etc.
    • Demography, rural areas have a higher concentration of older people compared to urban, which places a higher burden on rural local authorities to deliver care services.
    • Self-funders, there are higher levels of people funding their own care in rural areas, making them more sensitive to funding reform.
    • Care Homes, there are greater numbers of care homes in rural areas compared to metropolitan areas, many of these care homes however service the needs of non-rural residents.
    • Sparsity, there are geographical challenges in providing care in large and remote rural areas due to the time and costs involved in delivering care over long distances.
  • Benefits of the micro-providers care model:
    • Flexible care delivered by passionate local people for local people.
    • Provides a quality assured framework, and confidence to individuals to set up as professional carers (micro-providers).
    • Delivers person centred support that those cared for and their families value, including light domestic work, social interaction as well as care.
    • Supports people to stay in their own homes, makes hospital discharge less daunting and supports community resilience.
    • Reduces travel times to deliver service so care is not rushed and is kinder to the planet.

Any other key points discussed
  • Living Memories provide several free as well as paid for archive films on their website which can be used to help reduce the isolation of older people, particularly in rural areas.
  • Cumbria Social Care Announcement shared by Eden District Council during the meeting.

Attendance and Apologies


Full Name


Cllr Philip Atkins

Staffordshire County Council

Graham Biggs MBE

Rural Services Network

Dr Hayden Bird

YMCA Lincolnshire

Kerry Booth

Rural Services Network

Matthew Byrne

Community Council Somerset

Cllr Stephen Clarke

West Northamptonshire Council

Michael Crawshaw

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Jane Crisp

South East Water

Rhys Davies

Somerset County Council

Cllr Christopher Day

Wychavon District Council

Cllr Judith Derbyshire

Eden District Council

Conor Finch

Anglian Water

Lauren Giddins

Community Council for Somerset

Mark Gussy

Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health, University of Lincoln

Prof Alastair Hutchinson

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

David Inman

Rural Services Network

Sean Johnson

Lincolnshire County Council

Guy Kilminster

Cheshire East Council

Rona Laity

Godolphin Cross Community association

Cllr Robert Lanzer

West Sussex County Council

Cllr Tony Leech

West Devon Borough Council

Ian Luscombe

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council

Cllr Colin Matthews

Lincolnshire County Council

Jane Mordue

Citizens Advice Rural Issues Group

Cllr Roger Phillips

Herefordshire Council

Gary Powell

Teignbridge District Council

Cllr Jeremy Savage

South Norfolk District Council

Sarah Trelfa

Cheshire East Council

Nadine Trout

Rural Services Network

Cllr Mark Whittington

Lincolnshire County Council


Full Name


Cllr Fiona Baker

West Northamptonshire Council

Cllr Owen Bierley

West Lindsey District Council

Isabel Blake

West Devon Borough & South Hams District Council

Tracy Cullen

Western Power Distribution

Dr Ananta Dave

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Helen Flynn

Nidderdale Plus Community Hub

Joel Hammond-Gant

Cheshire East Council

Anna Green

University of Birmingham

Lauren Hopson-Haw

Ryedale District Council

Cllr Amanda Jupp

West Sussex County Council

Stuart Maitland-Knibb

University of Central Lancashire

Cllr Karl Love

Isle of Wight County Council

Rich Matthews

Rural Media

Brian Norris

Living Memories C.I.C.

Andrew Powell

Broadacres Housing Association

Kate Pym

Pyms Consultancy

Suzanne Shead

Newark and Sherwood District Council

Ian Kenneth Sherriff

University of Plymouth

Cllr Richard Stanley

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Dean Wallace

Derbyshire County Council

Cllr Sue Woolley

Lincolnshire County Council


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