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Social Prescribing is a key part of the ‘Prevention’ strand of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Social prescribing enables primary care services to offer patients advice, support and to provide links to a range of non-clinical services, community groups and activities which can help people to make positive changes that improve their health and wellbeing.
Funding from the Improved Better Care Fund and Public Health has been made available for a two-year pilot in Great Yarmouth. Partners from across Health, Social Care and the Borough Council have agreed a proposal which will see Living Well Connectors engaging with local residents, finding out what matters to them and co-producing a plan to link them with appropriate support as an alternative to, or to complement medical intervention. They will enable and support residents to take up activities within the community which build on their strengths to address needs and meet aspirations.
Jo Howes, Manager at DIAL said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind to deliver this new and innovative approach to working with local GP’s and residents.”
Philip Eke, Chief Executive Officer at Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with DIAL to deliver this innovative service. This work complements the partnerships which we’re currently developing to provide mental health workers within medical practices across Great Yarmouth and Waveney and help alleviate pressure on primary care staff.
Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind and DIAL are currently advertising for 5 Living Well Connectors to help support and deliver the service. Visit www.gywmind.org.uk or www.dial-greatyarmouth.org.uk for further information on vacancies.