Social Prescribing

GPs and Healthcare Professionals wishing to make a referral into Brightlife should email referrals@brightlifecheshire.org.uk or call our Social Prescribing Manager, Christine McMahon on 01606 884442

How it works…

Brightlife Social Prescribing offers a way for healthcare professionals to address loneliness and social isolation with patients. We provide a one-to-one personalised intervention and will link people through their preferred means into a wide range of community-based services – through signposting, supported access, accompanied visits – that can help patients to improve and manage their own wellbeing.

social prescribing Brightlife runs three schemes for social prescribing in Cheshire West, on a village (Malpas), town (Winsford) and city (Chester) scale.

We support people to manage the transition between formal healthcare and community services in these areas, helping older people to discover what they can do and what they enjoy, and allowing them to rebuild their own social support networks.

There are three tiers of engagement available depending on how vulnerable the patient is, ranging from basic signposting into available services, through to intensive and on-going support including access to peer befriending projects.

 

“Loneliness is not a medical condition, but it can affect our patients’ health … It can also have a real impact on workload pressures in general practice and the wider NHS ”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, May 2018

 

For more information on Brightlife’s Social Prescribing schemes, contact the Brightlife office on 01606 884444 or email christine.mcmahon@brightlifecheshire.org.uk

For further reading ‘Making sense of social prescribing‘ (University of Westminster) provides further insight into this bespoke and effective level of support.

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