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Social Prescribing in Rainham

 

You can find our Social Prescribers in the following Surgeries:

  • Eastcourt Lane Surgery
  • Longcatlis Road Surgery
  • Maidstone Road Surgery
  • Parkwood Family Practice
  • Rainham HLC Red Suite
  • Rainham HLC Yellow Suite
  • Thames Avenue Surgery
  • The Medical Centre, Gillingham
  • Wigmore Medical Centre
 

Referral Form

 
 

Services Available

 

 

Social Prescriber Link Coordinators:

  • Help to provide clear navigation and simple access to the appropriate service, including outpatient appointments

  • Ensure there is no duplication of services, or gaps between services

  • Work together with you and other service providers effectively, in support of individual needs

  • Provide a range of preventative initiatives including support to universal services, which help to promote resilience and actively target people at risk of ill health

  • Improve patient wellbeing and tackle social isolation, and loneliness

  • Provide patients with a face-to-face conversation during which they can learn about opportunities and design their own personalised solutions

  • Support individuals to take greater control of their own health, by supporting them to access a variety of activities which are typically provided by public, voluntary and the community sector

  • Examples include public health services (stop smoking, weight management, substance misuse, physical activity), volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, housing/ benefits support, home first safety checks and debt management

 

 

Health and Wellbeing Coaches:

  • Coach and motivate patients through multiple sessions to identify their needs, set goals, and support them to implement their personalised health and care plan

  • Work with people with lower activity levels, to understand their level of knowledge, skills and confidence (their “Activation” level) when engaging with their health and wellbeing; work with the social prescribing service to connect patients to community-based activities which support their health and wellbeing

  • Support and deliver group consultations, and along with clinical and non-clinical colleagues, introduce and help to implement new approaches to health across primary care, and supporting individuals to access peer support

  • Work across the practices within the primary care network, including a combination of in person, remote, telephone and video consultation

  • Engage with patients to support them in taking an active role in their health and wellbeing

  • Provide interventions such as self-management education and peer support

  • Provide strategies for improved daily living

  • Support physical activity and health and wellbeing, to meet with personalised care plans

  • Tailor health and lifestyle advice effectively to the individual (e.g., adapting physical activities for individuals with mobility issues)

  • Work with the Social Prescribing team to ensure that individuals can access support to address wider social needs that can impact on their health and wellbeing, such as debt, poor housing, unemployment, loneliness and caring responsibilities