Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is listed as one of the ten high impact actions in the NHS England General Practice Forward View, it is has been identified that approximately 20% of patients will see their GP for what is considered a social problem. It is suggested that the implementation of a Social Prescribing scheme can allow individuals to access non-clinical support in a personalised and flexible manner to promote self-management as well as encouraging collaborative working across the local community, health care setting and the third sector.
Professor Veronica Wilkie talks about the impact of social prescribing

Social prescribing is listed as one of the ten high impact actions in the NHS England General Practice Forward View, it is has been identified that approximately 20% of patients will see their GP for what is considered a social problem. It is suggested that the implementation of a Social Prescribing scheme can allow individuals to access non-clinical support in a personalised and flexible manner to promote self-management as well as encouraging collaborative working across the local community, health care setting and the third sector.

Objectives:
  • To assess the patient’s needs, work with them to identify appropriate forms of support, and record their outcomes.
  • To help patients to overcome personal barriers and difficulties such as poor mobility, mental health, isolation, lack of access to transport, or low confidence.
  • To encourage and strengthen links between the local community, GP Practices and statutory service provision available in the locality.
  • To work with service providers to maximize the community resources available to patients in the local community.
  • To build links with existing volunteering/good neighbour schemes/ and community capacity building schemes in the local area in association with Community Brokers, WISH and other developments.
  • To reduce demand on GP Services and A&E admissions. (Particularly those patients considered to be ‘frequent attenders’)

A word from our Social Prescriber in North and West PCN

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing aims to help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.

As a Social Prescriber at the Surgery, I work with people referred to me directly from practice staff. This is an optional service offered by the practice for free, to support people as a whole. Many things can affect health and wellbeing and whilst the practice staff support patients’ medical needs, my role is to support that care by talking and listening to patients to help them identify what other social support they feel may help them.

This support may be a conversation, which prompts a patient’s awareness of the support they can access themselves, or I may introduce a patient to a community group, a new activity or a local club. Other support may be to help find healthy lifestyle advice or support for carers. It might just be to help find information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on your situation or what local resources there are.

We know that many things affect our health and wellbeing. GPs often notice some people visit them feeling isolated or lonely. Or they might be stressed out by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it’s the stress of managing different long-term conditions. If you would like to have a conversation with me, please ask a member of the practice staff to refer you to the Social Prescribing service and I will be in contact, and together we can help you have more control over your health and wellbeing.



Social Prescribing Useful Links
HEE and NHS Partnership Programme 

This e-learning resource has been developed for social prescribing link workers and includes the core elements and skills required to do the job and deliver social prescribing as part of a PCN multi-disciplinary team.

https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/social-prescribing/

e-LfH Online Learning Platform Online 

Social Prescribing - Learning for Link Workers (SPL). This e-learning resource has been developed for link workers and includes the core elements and skills required to do the job and deliver social prescribing as part of a PCN multi-disciplinary team.

http://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/595166

Personalised Care Institute PCI Training

The PCI eLearning modules are free of charge however, fees apply for the accredited training for which you will need to contact the training providers directly for price and availability. 

Please see the following links for PCI training:

eLearning modules and Link to PCI accredited training courses: www.personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk/resources-2/

PCI Contact Details - 

Info@personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk

www.personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk 

NHS Futures collaboration platform

Social prescribing NHS Futures collaboration platform is an online network for sharing resources and for discussion.  Membership is open to link workers, PCNs and colleagues involved in social prescribing. To join email england.socialprescribing@nhs.net

Link to Site - https://future.nhs.uk/socialprescribing/grouphome

  Click here to download the New Competency Document

Helpful Documents & Resources 

NHS Englands Website Link for Social prescribing - www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/

Personalised Care Roles Training Requirements

Role

Training Requirements

Training

CPD

Care Co-ordinator

Care co-ordinator | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk)

Six components of the universal model for personalised

  • Support for self-management.
  • Personalised care and support planning.
  • Shared decision making.
  • Social prescribing.
  • Personal Health Budgets.

Access statuary and mandatory training

  • Principles of information governance, accountability and clinical governance.
  • Maintenance of accurate and relevant records of agreed care and support needs.
  • Identify when it is appropriate to share information with carers and do so.
  • The professional and legal aspects of consent, capacity, and safeguarding.

 

Your learning options (personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk)

· Core Skills

· Shared Decision Making

· Personalised Care and Support Planning (PCSP)

· Personalised Care and Support Planning (PCSP) – Maternity

PCI Accredited Course

Accredited training (personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk)

Health and Well- being Coach

Health and Wellbeing Coach | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk)

  • Training will include understanding the basics of social prescribing, plus an accredited health coaching skills programme (minimum of four days) and documented practice hours, along with opportunities for reflection and follow up activities.
  • Ongoing regular supervision from a health coaching mentor is required.
  • Any health coaching provider will have to be accredited by the Personalised Care Institute (PCI).

All PCI Accredited

Health coaching training | Peak Health Coaching Ltd (4 day Course)

Know Your Own Health | Supporting self-management (kyoh.org) (4 day course)

HN Training ACADEMY | HN (hn-company.co.uk) (6 month work based learning)

Accredited Health Coaching Course | 4-day Programme | Health Coaching Academy (health-coachingacademy.com)

Health Coaching for Health & Social Care workforces (tpchealth.com) (4 day course)

Wellbeing Coach Training for Organisations - Raw Horizons Academy (4 day course)

Social Prescriber

Social Prescribing Link Worker | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk)

  • Link workers will require NVQ Level 3, advanced level or equivalent or working. towards accredited NHSE/I e-learning health platform training modules 1-6 available.

Social Prescribing - elearning for healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk)

  1. Introduction to the social prescribing link worker role
  2. Developing personalised care and support plans with people
  3. Developing partnerships
  4. Introducing people to community groups and VCSE organisations
  5. Safeguarding vulnerable people
  6. Keeping records and measuring impact
  7. Supporting people with their mental health through social prescribing
  8. Social welfare, legal support and money guidance
  9. Supporting children and young people through social prescribing (to follow)
  10. Supervision

New

Community Health and wellbeing Apprenticeship

Community Health and Wellbeing Workers work in partnership with individuals and their communities to identify and address health and wellbeing needs, as well as inequalities. Their work is informed by the wider social determinants of health, such as the social, cultural, political, economic, commercial and environmental factors that shape the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.

 

Example job titles include (but are not limited to):

  • Health Trainer
  • Care or Service Navigator
  • Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Community Connector
  • Live Well Coach
  • Community Health Champion

Link to Occupational Standard

Community health and wellbeing worker / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

No providers identified to deliver yet

 

Upcoming programme of training and peer support for Social Prescribing Link Workers

Note that there dates below will be updated and we will keep you informed of upcoming sessions on here and through TeamNet (Agilo) Announcements.

Date and time  

Session  

Session link