23 October 2018
Social Prescribing - Full Health Briefing
Social prescribing is now offered as a referral option to all practices and clinicians are invited to use this service as appropriate.
Within the South Norfolk CCG area, there are 2 different models operating, depending upon which District Council area the GP practice falls into.
GP Practices in South Norfolk Council area:
- Lawns Medical Practice
- Church Hill Surgery
- Heathgate Medical Practice
- Chet Valley Medical Practice (Loddon)
- Windmill Surgery
- Humbleyard Practice
- Wymondham Medical Partnership
- Harleston Medical Practice
- Old Mill & Millgates Medical Practice
- Long Stratton Medical Partnership
- Parish Fields Practice Hingham Surgery
For GP practices falling within the South Norfolk Council area (see above) the following services are operational.
Available service (South Norfolk Council):
There are five Community Connectors and one senior Connector employed directly by South Norfolk Council, who are aligned to GP clusters to deliver a service to 18 Practices in the area.
Referrals can be made by anyone working with patients in Primary Care via the reception team at each Practice. Adult social care referrals will be facilitated access using the NCAN referral system.
Lead Provider Contacts
Mark Deveney (Senior Connector) - 01508 533747 - email@example.com
Kerrie Gallagher (Service Lead) - 01508 533747 - firstname.lastname@example.org
GP Practices in Breckland Council area:
- Mattishall & Lenwade Surgeries
- School Lane Surgery
- Toftwood Medical Centre
- Elmham Surgery
- Shipdham Surgery
- Attleborough Surgeries
- Watton Medical Practice
- Orchard Surgery
- Grove Surgery
- Theatre Royal Surgery
- East Harling & Kenninghall Medical Practice
For GP practices falling within the Breckland Council area (see above) the following services are operational.
Available service (Breckland Council area):
There are Connectors employed by seven providers operating across West Norfolk and Breckland outlined below. The connectors will be linked to a GP practice but not necessarily based in the surgery.
The referral route through a web-based referral form will be available to all Practices, and anyone from Primary Care teams supporting patients will be able to refer in.
- Age UK Norfolk - Breckland/Ketts Oak
- Family Action - Swaffham
- Future Projects - Breckland
- Home Group Limited- Fens
- The Matthew Project- Mid Norfolk
- West Norfolk Carers - Coastal
- West Norfolk Mind- Kings Lynn
We use a secure webform to take referrals from health colleagues. This can be completed by any member of your team. We only ask for a few basic details, but this should include the NHS number of the patient.
The Living Well Worker needs to be able to meet with the patient and discuss their goals and needs.
What is Social Prescribing
Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, Nurses and other Primary Care professions to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. 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.
The service is available for any adult over 18 with no upper age limit.
Eligibility for social prescribing is not prescriptive to ensure ease of access and a preventative approach. People who are likely to benefit from the service include those who are experiencing (or at high risk of experiencing):
- Debt or money problems
- Health and employment issues
- Having difficulties with or in need of benefits
- Family and relationship issues
- Memory problems
- Issues that mean individuals are approaching threshold for social care
- Caring responsibilities
- Immigration difficulties
- Low mood or low level anxiety
- Loneliness and isolation
These issues may now or in the future impact on their health and wellbeing, so please refer them to social prescribing, so we can help them with these non-medical needs.