Social prescribing to be rolled out across additional GP practices in north east Essex (Tendring)

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to continue its work with the voluntary sector to roll out social prescribing across additional GP practices in Tendring.  Social prescribing includes signposting people to services that complement healthcare and improve their overall wellbeing, such as community groups or other services that provide practical or emotional support.  With new funding from the CCG, CVS Tendring will be extending the scheme to cover every GP surgery in the Tendring district and recruitment for new social prescribing colleagues will be underway soon. The roles will support the staff already in post who work out of the majority of GP surgeries in Clacton, and with additional funding from Essex County Council, in community settings such as lunch clubs and local cafes.

 

CVS Tendring offer the Live Well Link Well free and confidential social prescribing service that provides practical or emotional support via a team of Link Workers. Their aim is to help people make positive changes to their personal wellbeing, identify and link people with appropriate support in the community, and assist people with developing personal goals. Support available includes advice on:

  • Healthy living
  • Weight management
  • Lifestyle
  • Maintaining physical and mental wellbeing
  • Supporting independence - mobility and equipment
  • Looking after someone
  • Getting out and about
  • Home adaptations
  • Money worries
  • Social inclusion

Pam Green, Chief Operating Officer at North East Essex CCG said: “We’re delighted to roll out social prescribing across additional locations in our area. Social prescribing is part of one of the 10 High Impact Actions, aimed at increasing capacity in general practice as part of the national GP Forward View.

 

“Social prescribing is vital to help our communities to access important information to improve their health and to feel socially included. Partnership work with the voluntary sector to support the health and wellbeing of our population is the way forward for primary care.”

 

Sharon Alexander, Chief Officer at CVS Tendring said: “CVS Tendring has been part of the local community for over 40 years and we have a vast knowledge of local services and the support available.  Our friendly Social Prescribing team will work with people who want to improve their health or wellbeing and help them to access appropriate support within the local community.”

 

INFORMATION: The CVS Tendring Social Prescribing team is currently available at GP surgeries in Clacton, Jaywick, Manningtree and Frinton on a variety of days with more locations planned. If you live in the Tendring district and are aged over 18, you can contact the service directly without having to go through your GP. Call 01255 425692 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm) or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Health and social care professionals can also refer people into the scheme using the same contact details.

 

CVS Tendring – Making a Difference through Social Prescribing

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From left to right, Jacqui Giffin, Social Prescriber (link worker for the social prescribing team), patient Paul Paul, Elizabeth Amodio, Head of Strategy and Performance at North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, and Nicola Vella, Volunteer Coordinator at Community Voluntary Services Tendring.


Paul Paul, a retired mechanical engineer, met Jacqui during a visit to his GP in Clacton. Jacqui has matched Paul with volunteer placements that utilise his many skills. This includes at Remap, which makes custom-made equipment for disabled people, improving their quality of life.

Paul is pictured at one of his placements, Sailship Training and Learning for Life in Clacton, where he has worked on a number of projects, including carpentry, renovating a fishing boat - to be used as an outdoor classroom, wildlife conservation and landscaping. Sailship offers work skills training/vocational enterprise, social and therapeutic life skills learning and counselling provisions for adults (18+) living with a learning disability and for adults who have mental health support needs. For some, this means working towards further training, employment or volunteering, or for meaningful vocational activity within a day care setting. For others, Sailship affords opportunity for social interaction and psychological health improvements through its social and therapeutic provisions, both on site and in the community.

Paul said: “I like the ethos at Sailship. I’ve really enjoyed my work here – it’s important to me to keep busy.

“I’ve made everything from a work bench with an adjustable height for a tall trainee to helping to renovate a boat. It’s made a real difference to my life and I look forward to coming to my placement.”


 
 

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