Update from Anne Suttle-Burton
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Raising awareness of Social Prescribing.
Social Prescribing refers to finding and referring patients to alternatives to medical input and is of particular benefit to patients who come to visit the GP very often due to other social or wellbeing needs that are not currently being met.NHS West Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group has funded a partnership of voluntary organisations, led by the charity BARCA, to deliver a social prescribing service in conjunction with the 38 GP surgeries in West Leeds. Better Leeds Communities, Leeds MIND and Touchstone are formal partners, but many more grass roots organisations and community groups will be part of essential voluntary sector support and delivery.
The main aim is to improve the wider health and wellbeing of patients. The project will improve services for patients by providing GPs with a link to refer patients to local groups and community activities in the voluntary sector. Referred patients will be supported either in a group, or one-to-one to help them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to self-manage their condition. This approach is called ‘social prescribing’. The ambition is to connect up GP clinical treatments with community based solutions to help people to manage their health issues as effectively as possible.