Developing Social Prescribing Services within Primary Care
PHE ePoster Library. Chick L. Sep 12, 2019; 274449; 244
Lucy Chick
Lucy Chick
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Abstract It has been estimated that around 20% of patients consult their GP for what is primarily a social problem, changes can seem impossible to navigate or achieve without support and motivation. The Worcestershire STP outlines the need to address this through development of social prescribing to refer to non-clinical services.A Worcestershire pilot programme was developed and jointly funded by Worcestershire County Council, (Public Health) and the three Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups. Six pilot sites were developed across Worcestershire working with the Primary Care Network(s). In five of the six pilot sites the local voluntary and community sector was subcontracted to deliver social prescribing on behalf of general practices.Over a one-year period, over 1,300 people were referred by health care professionals into the social prescribing service. Of these over 680 people were seen by one to one intervention, creating a personalised plan. The top three reasons given for referral were 1. Anxiety, stress, depression or low mood 2. Social Isolation 3. Money, debt or finance. Using the shortened WEMWBS tool, data indicates that patients improved their mental health and wellbeing score and several GP practices are reporting a reduction in appointments because of social prescribing referral.In conclusion, the model chosen was successfully implemented in GP practices in both rural and urban settings within each pilot. Using the results from the pilot programme the CCG and Public Health will work to implement the NHS England Directed Enhanced Service for social prescribing in all GP practices in Worcestershire. External funding details
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