Social Prescribing Services
Area of Delivery: Coast to Coast and South and East Cornwall (Positive People)
What is Social Prescribing?
Many things in life can affect your health and wellbeing. GP’s tell us that many people visit them feeling isolated, lonely or worried about work, housing and money. These are things that cannot be fixed by doctors or medicine alone.
Social Prescribing offers the kind of help that doesn’t come in a tube or bottle. The idea is to connect you to local community services and support networks to help you have more control over your health and wellbeing.
There are lots of different ways that social prescribing can help.
It often starts with a conversation. That’s where Pluss comes in. We are here to listen to you and put you in touch with whatever you might need in order to feel good.
We can help you to:
- Find and use services and groups within your local community
- Develop goals to improve your health and wellbeing
- Connect with others in your chosen communities
There are hundreds of groups and activities within your communities that can help you on your journey to better health and wellbeing.
Our Health and Wellbeing Coaches will work with you to identify your needs, set goals and signpost you to support within the community, such as:
- Finance, housing or benefits assistance
- Art and creative activities
- Exercise and dance classes
- Outdoor activities – walks, fishing and gardening clubs
- Learning, training, employment or volunteering
- Counselling or therapy groups
… and much, much more
Pluss’ Health and Wellbeing Coaches will work in the following GP practices:
- Trescobeas Surgery, Falmouth. Visit www.trescobeas-surgery.co.uk
- The Falmouth Health Centre Practice. Visit www.faldoc.co.uk
- Westover Surgery Falmouth. Visit www.westoversurgery.co.uk
- Penryn Surgery. Visit www.penryn.co.uk
- Callington Health Centre. Visit www.tamarvalleyhealth.org.uk
- Port View Surgery. Visit www.portviewsurgery.co.uk
- Saltash Health Centre. Visit www.saltashhealth.co.uk
- The Rame Group Practice – Penntorr Health. Visit www.theramegrouppractice.co.uk
If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Brown, health and wellbeing team leader, at email@example.com
As part of the NHS 10 Year Plan, social prescribers will support GPs to
help ease the workload.
Social prescribing is ushering in a revolution in how primary care is delivered in England, showing promising results at achieving positive outcomes for individuals, healthcare providers, and the general community. It is seen as a fundamental
change to the way primary care operates and vital to the future.
Social prescribing is an asset-based approach that goes beyond treating illnesses. It recognises people as not just patients with needs, but instead sees them as
community members with gifts to share.
A patient’s trust in their GP is an ‘important factor’ in influencing them to participate in social prescribing programmes.
Pluss will develop sustainable community-driven approaches that encourage individuals, GP practices and public, private and voluntary sector organisations to come together to realise and develop their strengths, and to mobilise change.
Going forward, Pluss plans to work with individuals and community members, and will invite them to become volunteer Health and Wellbeing Champions, so they can help identify local issues and gaps and develop local solutions.
Social Prescribing is part of the Positive People Programme. Positive People is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.
Read about how social prescribing has had a positive impact on three people’s lives. Each story is anonymous and all three are actual experiences working with a social prescriber in Cornwall.
Listen to a couple of the social prescribing team talking to BBC Radio Cornwall, broadcast on International Social Prescribing Day in March 2021
Positive People is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.