Volunteer Cornwall recently led a partnership bid to the Department of Health & Care for a Social Prescribing Scheme for Cornwall and we're pleased to say this was successful.
This means we will be investing £900,000 over the next 3 years with funding from the Department of Health and Care in year 1 and also from Public Health, Cornwall Council from year 2. This will not provide coverage for all of Cornwall’s population or practices, but is a significant investment in this approach.
Social prescribing means different things to different people, however, the Social Prescribing Network’s co-produced definition is: ‘Enabling healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker, to co-design a nonclinical social prescription to improve their health and wellbeing.’
The focus of our Social Prescribing approach will be addressing social and lifestyle issues at an early stage and preventing ill health rather than managing complex conditions later.
Find out more about how Social Prescribing works through this introductory video:
The partnership consists of 6 voluntary sector organisations and each partner will employ a Link Worker who will work with groups of Practices to take referrals, carry out a person-centred assessment and identify a wide range of appropriate activities to which to refer the person.
The areas have been chosen on the basis of population health need as follows:
Organisation Cluster Practices
Active Plus Penwith East Bodriggy, Marazion, Stennack
Active Plus Penwith West Alverton, Rosmellyn, Morab, Cape, Sunnyside*
Active Plus South Kerrier Helston, Meneage, Mullion, St Keverne
CN4C North Kerrier Clinton Rd, Manor, Phoenix, Veor
Chaos Group Truro Lander, Three Spires
Age UK Newquay Newquay Health Centre, Narrowcliff
Eden Project Rural Cluster/St Austell Clays, Brannel & St Austell
Pentreath Ltd Bodmin Carnewater, Stillmoor
Age UK Liskeard Oak Tree, Old Bridge, Rosedean
(*Funded by GP cluster for 1 year, working with, but not part of, our project)
On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, a range of VCS Workshops for East Cornwall, organised by Laura Chapman, Community Maker for Volunteer Cornwall, were held at Liskeard Pubic Hall to consult on the Social Prescribing Roll-out for the area. The workshops were very well supported and feedback from across the patch was very positive and enthusiastic in being involved in the future plans for the communities.
The NHS Long Term Plan and new GP contracts (starting July 2019), will see additional Social Prescribing Link Workers employed across the country. The workshops purpose included discussions with many local providers, patient participation group members and community groups, resulting in development of working together and to link with the new Primary Care Networks and gp surgeries going forward.
For more information on Social Prescribing visit https://www.socialprescribingcornwall.org.uk/