Tamworth and Wide Way medical practices have been hosting a Social Prescribing Project since February this year. As Social Prescribing Coordinator (SPC) I have been engaging with patients at both practices to help them address how some medical and non-medical issues are affecting their daily lives.
This is achieved through engaging with patients, making them feel comfortable about telling me what they need help with and what they would like to achieve.
I provide them with information about access to services, refer them to some services and give them advice and tips on how to make life less demanding and improve their well-being.
As we come to the end of month 7, a pattern is beginning to emerge of the people I am working with.
I have seen 154 people for a first visit and 73 people for a follow up visit. Of these 27% are male and 73% female.
33% are aged over 60 of these.
To date we carried out over 400 individual signposting or referrals to over 30 agencies.
The project’s success stories include:
- Older adults being awarded Attendance Allowance, this has enabled them to take on cleaners and gardeners and thus improve the quality of their daily lives
- Some adults have volunteered at the New Horizons Centre in the café and the older person lunch club
- We have seen people successfully completing vocational courses in subjects such as accountancy
- Patients who were homeless have been found accommodation
- Patients have increased their levels of regular physical activity and thus improved their well-being
- Patients are enjoying activities in the community and as a result reducing the feeling of being alone and isolated.