Sally Perkins, the Social Prescribing Co-ordinator for the North Cotswolds is based at the surgery one afternoon per week.
Why would I be referred for support in the community?
Healthcare professionals are skilled and experienced at diagnosing and treating medical conditions. They may also identify that you could have a non-medical issue, this may not necessarily be related to your health condition, which could benefit from the services of an organisation, or community group which is local to you.
How does it work?
There are lots of groups, organisations and clubs in your local area which can support the health and wellbeing of local people. However, people often don’t know about them, or the support they can provide.Several of these groups and organisations have decided to work more closely with GPs and other healthcare professionals to help ensure that people know what support and services they could benefit from and how to get in touch.
Your GP, Practice Nurse or District Nurse will talk to you about what kind of support or help you need, and will put you in touch with Wendy who can talk you through the options available.
What kind of support is available?
Depending on your individual situation, you might benefit from help in some of the following areas:
- healthy living, including weight management and exercise
- building networks and making friends in your community
- caring for someone in your own home or elsewhere
- getting back into work (if that’s what you want)
- housing-related issues
- your mental health and wellbeing
- help with drug or alcohol problems and more…..
Which organisations provide support?
There are a number of local organisations, including:
- Age UK Gloucestershire
- Carers Gloucestershire
- District Council
- Gloucestershire Rural Community Project
- Independence Trust
- plus other community groups providing a range of activities and services.
So what happens next?
Following referral, an appointment with the social prescribing coordinator will be made for you to talk about local groups or organisations that might be able to help. If you’re happy to be put in touch with these organisations, your details will be passed on, and the organisation will then contact you to discuss how they can help. They may arrange to meet with you to work out the best course of action for you.
What can I do to help?
Please make sure you’re happy with the recommendation – we want to be sure it’s right for you. You will be asked to fill out a wellbeing form, and may also be asked to provide feedback after a few weeks. This will help us to ensure that things are going well and that you’re happy with the service. Your personal information will be held securely by the social prescribing service and the organisation supporting you.
For further information please speak to your usual GP or Practice Nurse.