A conference has taken place in Basildon to set out the national and local vision for social prescribing.
Unlocking Social Prescribing at the Basildon Centre on Tuesday 17 May, brought voluntary, community and networking groups together to discuss the future direction of social prescribing.
The event was also an opportunity to network with commissioners, include Basildon and Brentwood CCG, and other organisations.
The day included a presentation from Janet Wheatley, CEO of Voluntary Action Rotherham, where GP practices in the town are signed up to a social prescribing project which helps them link patients and carers to sources of support in their local communities. The results in Rotherham have been extremely positive with fewer hospital admissions and improvements in patients’ wellbeing.
The seminar then outlined the vision for social prescribing services in Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford. This is being pioneered through a Social Prescribing Service pilot scheme running at Dipple Medical Centre in Pitsea and Laindon Health Centre.
The project is funded by Public Health Essex, Basildon and Brentwood CCG and Basildon Council with the service is run by Basildon, Billericay and Wickford CVS.
Download feedback from conference attendees here