We have already been applying social prescribing principles at Hall Green Health by creating groups such as the Patient Participation Group, Carers’ Corner event and Patient Forum Event.
However, there is a lot more we want to do. Introducing the Social Prescribing Project in November 2018 at Hall Green Health. The aim of this project is to strengthen our social prescribing knowledge and social contribution towards our patients to help support their health by providing social options and activities available within the community.
We want to help patients become healthier without the use of medication. With a mindfulness view – there are a countless number of activities, places, landscapes, minds in the world that can help completely change a person’s mind-set and quality of life for the better. A small spark can set a fire in a positive way. We, at Hall Green Health, want to be this spark for our patients. Nothing is impossible. It’s a matter of finding that trigger for that person at that given moment and we won’t stop improving, for our patients.
Hall Green Health’s mission is to put our patients first. This is why we are introducing Social Prescribing – an alternative to prescribing medication. A way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community to help improve their health.
It provides GPs with a non-medical referral option that can operate alongside existing treatments. Social Prescribing Network defines it as ‘enabling healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker, to co-design a non-clinical social prescription to improve their health and wellbeing.’ For example, signposting people who have been diagnosed with dementia to local dementia support groups.
Evidence shows that this approach can reduce demand on NHS services: a UK study found that after 3 to 4 months, 80% of patients referred to a social prescribing scheme had reduced their use of A&E, outpatient appointments and inpatient admissions. (GOV.uk)
We at HGH are very excited about the social prescribing project.
What is Social Prescribing?
At times we feel ‘unwell’, ‘out of sorts’ or ‘below par’ and a medical prescription is not the answer. What we are lacking is company, interests, or a change of scene to make us feel connected and motivated. Or perhaps we need counselling or more exercise to keep our bodies strong and our minds stimulated. Our health and wellbeing starts with taking care of ourselves as best as we can.
- What do you need to help you feel more included?
- What could you do to feel happier in yourself?
- Do you want to make new friends?
- Are you aware of what is going on in your local area?
- Where are the exercise classes or social groups you could join?
That’s where social prescribing comes in!
Our free Social Prescribing service can provide you with a personal Health and Wellbeing Partner who will help you identify one or more activities to improve your wellbeing and support you in starting it.
You are eligible if you are:
- Over the age of 16
- In need of some support, guidance and encouragement to improve your mental or physical health and wellbeing
- A patient at Hall Green Health
How does it work?
One of our Health and Wellbeing Partners will meet with you to chat about your lifestyle and help you to identify activities that will benefit you and help you reach your goals. If you want to see the activities available to you in your local area, you can visit: www.healthexchange.org.uk/services/social-prescribing
What kind of activities are available to me through Social Prescribing?
- Advice and Guidance
- Arts and crafts
- Physical Activity
- and much more…
We want to ask our patients what kind of activities they are most interested in for us to set up. To submit your views please complete this short survey.
Telephone: 0121 663 0904 (and quote ‘Social Prescribing’)
Facebook: Health Exchange CIC