8th July 2019 Link Worker Day Showcase
A national day to celebrate and showcase the contribution of social prescribing link workers in improving population health and wellbeing
Dr Susan Langridge
"I am ever so grateful to the Community Connector service for the wonderful support I have received. I didn't know all the services existed, the Community Connector has changed a lot for me. She came out to see me on the Wednesday and by the Friday the OT came out to see me (having waited 14 weeks) to get equipment for the house so that I can do stuff for myself. I was very lost / frightened having had a stroke at a young age but the Community Connector has really helped me, she is so kind, she's wonderful. everything got done so quick." PAVO provides Powys Wide Community Connector (social prescribing) service and work closely with GPs, Nurse, OTs, Physios (all health and social care staff across Powys). We are commissioned by Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys County Council, funded by Welsh Government ICF funding.
Refugees and Asylum seekers
Here is Eugene from Age UK Lewisham & Southwark introducing Mrs H to a group! He is part of our team of Navigators and Facilitators across Lewisham and Southwark who take referrals from health and social care professionals and link them in to social groups
Healthy Minds Social Prescribing is part of the newly formed Camden Primary Care Mental Health Network, London. The scheme supported Walter, a recovering addict struggling with depression, to “give life another go”. He needed to find confidence in himself and believe he could look for work as to become independent. A pleasure to see him thriving.
Dr Jo Ratter
First home care link worker
Wellbeing Teams are the first home care provider to employ a social prescribing Link Worker, Becky. Becky can take referrals from social workers, professionals and other Wellbeing Workers. The both supports individuals referred to her like Keith, and sets up groups based on what older people want to do locally (if non exist). Keith was referred to Becky because he was isolated and lonely. Becky helped him reflect on what matters to him, and he wanted to start walking and hiking again. Becky has supported Keith to join a local walking group, going along with him the first few times until he felt comfortable going on his own. Keith is really enjoying the walks, has made three new friends and reconnected with two people he hasn’t seen in some time. Becky also found out that several people Wellbeing Teams support enjoy knitting; they all live fairly close to each other but didn’t know each other and for many they weren’t actively knitting as they didn’t have a purpose. Becky has arranged a weekly knit and natter group; lots of nattering takes place and they are knitting blankets for Alder Hey hospital. Helen Sanderson is the Founder of Wellbeing Teams, first home care organisation to employ a social prescriber
Dr Fiona Wright
I've met Sophie several times since April at art groups run by the GAP, and even in this short time I've seen her confidence grow. She seems more relaxed and happy and outgoing than she did and she has well-developed, realistic and exciting plans for her future. I think Sophie has benefited enormously from Janice's help and support, and I'm really pleased that she feels able to come to my young women's art therapy group unaccompanied this week, to see how she settles in on her own. It's a fantastic development, and testament to her resilience and Janice's gifts as a community navigator. Lucy Wainwright (Art therapy student on placement with GAP)
We don’t think: what’s wrong with the person?
Social prescribing for carers
Runnymede Medical Practice and The Village Centre are providing support for carers wellbeing through social prescriber partnership working with Carers Alliance and Practice champions
A retiree is helped
Arts Therapy in GP
This photograph was taken by a Photography Walks participant. The Hera Project is a programme of arts activities run for patients in primary care at a large and busy NHS GP practice, Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre. The work was launched by the practice partners Dr Laura Marshall Andrews and Gary Toyne in 2014, with the aim of fully integrating social, cultural and clinical care in order to develop GP services to meet 21st century circumstances. Most participants are living with at least one long-term mental or physical health condition, and often both. In response to evaluation, we have continued to deliver most of the work within the practice itself, which means we can support even very vulnerable patients, and in most cases participation has reduced demand on GP appointments by around 30%. Our youngest participants are children, and our oldest is 90. We engage a team of 8 professional artists to facilitate a diverse range of arts activities including singing, creative writing, visual arts, drama, dance and creative technology. Each year we showcase our work in the Artists' Open Houses scheme and Brighton Festival Fringe. The practice won GP Innovators of the Year in 2014, and was a finalist in the NHS Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care in 2016.