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Social Prescribing for Better 

Health and Wellbeing


Social Prescribing helps you to explore extra services that may support you to improve your health, wellbeing and independence.

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Social Prescribing pilots launching from January 2018 across Worcestershire GP practices

Social prescribing links patients with non-medical support to address people’s needs in a holistic way. Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

Supporting people so that they feel empowered to look after themselves better is a key part of the prevention agenda for the CCGs and Public Health as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

There have been a number of social prescribing pilots across Worcestershire over the past few years which have all been successful in their own right. Our plan now is to use the learning from these pilots to create a prototype to take us forward in developing Social Prescribing even further. By undertaking the pilots, we want to demonstrate how Social Prescribers can act as the ‘bridge’ between primary care professionals and the panoply of opportunities locally; whether that be information, advice and guidance, low level mental health support or other community groups or services.

Initially, there will be five pilot sites in Redditch, Wyre Forest and parts of South Worcestershire which have been jointly funded by Public Health and Worcestershire CCGs. There is a sixth pilot site (Droitwich and Ombersley) that is funded by the Worcestershire CCGs. The pilots are attempting to be all encompassing for the population, increasing partnership working on the frontline and supporting a place based approach to health and care delivery that harnesses community assets.

Patients will be referred to a Social Prescriber who can assess their need; from money worries and relationship difficulties, to social groups to tackle isolation. The type of support varies widely – from employment and skills to health walks.

Karen Wright, Consultant in Public Health, said of the pilot: “Social prescribing in Worcestershire provides the opportunity for primary care and voluntary and community sector partners to work more effectively together in connecting patents with local non-medical advice, information and support which can help people to tackle problems which are affecting their health and wellbeing. We look forward to evaluating the impact of the approach being taken on patients health and wellbeing and demand on primary care to inform future models of working’.


More information on the pilots sites

  • Pilot 1 – Redditch 9 GP practices in partnership with Worcestershire Association of Carers
  • Pilot 2 – Redditch 2 GP practices using their own employed Social Prescriber
  • Pilot 3- Worcester City – all Worcester City GP practices in partnership with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • Pilot 4 – Wyre Forest- all Wyre Forest GP practices in partnership with Worcestershire Association of Carers
  • Pilot 5- Malvern Town and Rural areas- all Malvern Town and Rural GP practices in partnership with Worcestershire Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Pilot 6- Droitwich and Ombersley – all Droitwich and Ombersley GP practices in partnership with Onside Advocacy


Social Prescribing Pilot sites list of practices involved can be downloaded here
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How Does It Work?

A member of your GP practice team may suggest a referral to the Social Prescribing service. One of our Social Prescribers will contact you to find out what you are interested in, tell you about what activities and services are available locally and help you to access them.

 

Together you will be able to:

1.        Explore what is important for your life and wellbeing.
2.        Identify the local activities and services you can benefit from.
3.       Gain support and encouragement to start using services that can help you.


The social prescriber is:

  • Somone to talk to confidentially
  • Someone to is practical, helpful and who will not judge you
  • Someone who can help you decide what you'd like to do to improve your health, wellbeing and independence
  • Someone who can find you activities that will suit you
  • Someone who can give you support along the way


Social prescribing can link you with many services in your community to help. These may include:

  • Healthy lifestyles and active lives
  • Arts, music, outdoors and creativity
  • Befriending, counselling and other support groups
  • Housing benefits and financial support and advice
  • Employment, training and volunteering
  • Education and learning
  • Getting involved in local groups and activities
  • Accessing specialist services and support

 

To download the Patient Leaflet – Social Prescribing click here.