- Posted Wednesday March 20, 2019
Last week saw the first international Social Prescribing Day, and we spotted some great stories on social media about how primary care organisations across the country were getting involved.
With the theme fresh in our minds, we have collected a few ideas about how your GP practice could integrate social prescribing and explained some of the benefits of putting them into action. Always keen to share new ideas, FPM’s Gerry Devine also played a part in Social Prescribing Day, leading a new ‘Learn and Share’ event in Uttoxeter for primary care training experts Thornfields.
The Benefits of Social Prescribing
A session focusing on social prescribing led by Kay Keane was one of the day's ten themed break-out sessions enjoyed by delegates on the day. Kay is not only an experienced trainer, but also an enthusiastic advocate of the benefits of social prescribing at her own GP practice.
Kay has spoken to FPM before about her practice’s approach to social prescribing: “Focusing on social prescribing and developing an approach that promotes wellbeing means we are able to address the 30% of patients who don’t need a GP, but still come to us as they trust us.
“By working with (patients) to understand their non-medical needs, like the things that appear on our Social Prescription, we are able to offer a whole programme of events and activities that support patients in a different way.”
5 Quick Ideas for Social Prescribing
The Thornfields event was attended by a number of Practice and Business Managers from across six CCGs who wanted to network and share best practice around their practical experiences of the GP Forward View and its 10 High Impact Actions.
More details will be made available in the coming weeks of how successful the “Share and Learn” format is proving for practice managers. An open and collaborative approach to learning, it can help organisation learn from their ‘wisdom within’ or help blend organisations as they work more collaboratively.
In the meantime, take a look at these handy ideas for how you could implement social prescribing in your practice:
For more information on how a Social Prescribing session could benefit your GP Practice, get in touch with the Thornfields team on 0333 240 4055 or by visiting the Thornfields website.