Social prescribing enables GPs and nurses to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local services which are often provided by the voluntary and community sector.
The nine GP practices in the Clocktower locality within Bexley will take part in a social prescribing pilot from April 2015 to help patients access more voluntary services. Mind in Bexley, in partnership with Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), are piloting the scheme.
Who is eligible to access the social prescribing programme?
Any person over 18 who has one or more long-term condition
OR a carer of a patient who meets this criteria
people must also identify with one or more of the following indicators:
• Socially isolated, meaning they have contact with friends, family or neighbours less than once a week
• Frequent users of primary care services or accident and emergency
• Struggling to manage significant life change
• Struggling to manage their health conditions
Eligible people who are referred by their GP or nurse will be assessed by a social prescribing coordinator, who will then refer the patient to voluntary organisations which have programmes that can help with their particular needs.
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