GPs and Healthcare Professionals wishing to make a referral into Brightlife should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Social Prescribing Manager, Christine McMahon on 01606 884442.
Brightlife Social Prescribing offers a way for people to address loneliness and social isolation. 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. People can also self-refer or other organisations refer in with the person’s consent.
Our uplift funding is to provide the person-centred support in rural areas around Northwich, Tarporley and Malpas. Please get in touch with us if you live rurally and are registered at any of the surgeries below:
|Northwich Rural||Rural Alliance|
|Danebridge Medical Centre||Bunbury Medical Centre|
|Firdale Medical Centre||Farndon Health Centre (The Village Surgeries)|
|Middlewich Road Surgery||Kelsall Medical Centre|
|Watling Street Medical Centre||Malpas Laurel Bank Surgery|
|Weaverham Surgery||Tarporley Health Centre|
|Witton Street Surgery||Tattenhall Village Surgery|
Brightlife originally delivered four schemes for social prescribing in Cheshire West, in two villages (Malpas and Tarporley), town (Winsford) and a city (Chester).
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. We are working in collaboration with the NHS Link Worker and colleagues in partner social prescribing projects in each areas.
“Community engagement can support people to lead an active, healthy life and flourish, adding meaning, connections, social elements and a sense of worth”
Steptoe S and Fancourt D (2018). Community group membership and multidimensional subjective well-being in older age. J Epidemiol Community Health
When it comes to visiting a GP, sometimes all we need is a pill, an injection or a simple pat on the back… But how does diagnosing a patient who’s feeling lonely differ to the usual clientele passing through a doctor’s doors?
The Brightlife Team is working closely with our lead body Age UK Cheshire on an integrated approach to responding to Covid-19.
Together we have set up a Community Response Team that covers four geographical areas across Cheshire. The Community Response Team has established a single point of contact telephone line to provide support for older people with: