Social prescribing – just what the doctor ordered!

 

Richmond AID has been commissioned by the Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Richmond Council to run a six month Social Prescribing pilot for Barnes residents. During this time, GPs, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals in the Barnes area will be able to refer people to a range of non-clinical services. For six months, health professionals, including GPs and pharmacists, will be able to refer people to a Community Navigator from Richmond AID, who will assess their need and support people towards their goals.

 

Social Prescribing can help improve patients’ wellbeing by prescribing social and leisure activities, volunteering opportunities or well-being activities, as well as dealing with medical needs. Social prescribing supports people in a holistic way. It enables everyone to have greater control over their own health, recognising that people’s health can be affected by social, economic and environmental factors.

 

Who can access the service?

Currently anyone over 18, living on Barnes or registered with a GP Surgery in Barnes

¨ Barnes Surgery ¨ Essex House Surgery  ¨ Glebe Road Surgery

Any healthcare professional can make a referral or you can contact us directly.

What kind of support is available?

Social prescribing can help people to access support in the following areas

  • getting out and about and accessible transport
  • activities, well-being services and support with healthy lifestyles
  • building networks and making friends in your community
  • getting back into work (if that’s what you want) or volunteering opportunities
  • advice, information services and advocacy services
  • housing, benefits and money advice services
  • grants and food banks
  • information, support and services for carers
  • information, support and services for parents
  • social activities around disability or long term conditions
  • help with emotional and family issues
  • and more…..

 

How to contact the service

If you would like to know more about the service or want to make a referral you can contact us by emailing  ricccg.socialprescribing@nhs.net or call 020 8831 6464.

 

Cllr David Marlow, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said “Together with the local CCG and Richmond AID we have designed a scheme that will help those people who are struggling with issues which are not medical but can still significantly impact on their daily lives. If successful, we will consider rolling it out across the borough.”

 

Dr Kate Moore, who is vice clinical chair of Richmond CCG and one of the borough’s GPs said, “Many people come to see us with problems that don’t need medicine. They might be feeling isolated and lonely, leading unhealthy lifestyles or they might have housing problems, for example.”

 

Lucy Byrne, Chief Executive from Richmond AID, added, “The Social Prescribing service has the potential to support people in a holistic way that enables GP practices to address the social and well-being needs as well as the medical needs of the person. Social Prescribing will highlight the enormous potential that the voluntary and community sector can bring to people and creates a connection between primary care and community services and support. The project has the potential to reduce urgent care admissions in hospital and reduce the number of GP visits, but most importantly, to improve the health and wellbeing of people. Richmond AID are delighted to be working with Richmond CCG on this project.”