“Calling Social Prescribing” - a new approach in the London Borough of Waltham Forest
PHE ePoster Library. Hanooman S. 09/10/18; 221187; 199
Sharon Hanooman
Sharon Hanooman
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Abstract In 2016, a new Social Prescribing (SP) pilot service was introduced in Waltham Forest (WF) for 18 months. The WF Health and Wellbeing strategy (2016-20) highlighted the need to improve the integration of care and prevention of ill health by supporting a range of early prevention programmes. The SP pilot funded two staff, based in Adult Social Care, working across health and social care as well as developing the service with GPs and the VCS.The service is a telephone, person centred, signposting service. The SP service received 990 referrals over 18 months, the majority, 75 % were from GPsAn evaluation by University of East London (UEL) showed some positive impacts in terms of improved quality of life, wellbeing and patient activation. Concerns about issues including housing, work and finance had also reduced and the number of GP appointments had dropped following the intervention. SP users at follow up (N=48) recorded positive changes in all indicators (mental well-being, health, well-being, quality of life, and patient activation) with the last three of these being statistically significant.The calculated social return on investment ranged between £1.09 to £1.92 for every £1 invested in social prescribingGood overall relationship has been developed with GP practices who see the SP service as a Single Point of Access for their patients to receive non-medical support and community intervention. Excellent links with the VCS have been established with service needs identified and new services on befriending commissioned for older, lonely and socially isolated residents.
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