We secured contracts with 3 Primary Care Networks in Solihull; GPS Healthcare, Solihull Healthcare Partnership and Rural PCN. Our team started delivering social prescribing services to patients in January 2020.
Over the last year we have received 1527 referrals from healthcare professionals.
1527 patients accessed this service
Our Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing.
The team have listened to what matters to these people and linked them with the services they need. They have made 649 links to community groups, charities and statutory services for practical and emotional support for their patients
Social prescribing link work is needed more than ever in these uncertain times. More and more people are isolated, anxious and unsure of what support is available to them.
We have worked collaboratively with GP surgeries and SMBC to call hundreds of critically extremely vulnerable patients who were asked to shield due to covid 19.
We made sure they understood the government guidelines, had registered on the government website, ensured they had food, medication, money, access to their GP, support in place and a plan B should anything happen to their support.
This could not have been achieved without the support and dedication of our volunteers and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who helped with those calls.
We have referred many Patients to Adult Social Care for assessments of care needs and OT. For people who self fund their own care we have provided them with information on care providers, personal alarms and aids and adaptations.
We have encouraged patients to go for walks; do exercise at home using online classes where possible and sending information through the post where it is not.
We have informed people of the Covid 19 government guidelines so they understand when and where they can meet friends and family.
We have set up a well-being line for the most lonely and isolated clients and they receive a weekly call just to see how they are. We have a group of volunteers from Knowle church and CASB volunteers who work on this and again, without the volunteers this would not have been possible.
It has been a challenging year yet we have still managed to have a positive impact on lots of people’s lives.
As a pilot project we have had problems and it has not been plain sailing, however with the support from management and volunteers we have managed to work through those issues and have had a very successful first year. We hope this project continues and grows from strength to strength, without covid can you imagine what we could achieve.