We Link Primary Care Patients With Community Support to Help Improve Their Health and Well-Being
Working closely with a number of GPs in Blackpool, Social Enterprise Solutions has been providing a social prescribing Community Navigator in surgeries since 2016.
Put simply, the Navigator’s role is to listen to people whose social problems are impacting on their physical and mental wellbeing. Then we try to find ways to help that person take control of the issues most affecting them and do something about it. Sometimes that’s further support from charities and social enterprises, or help from the council, housing associations or the NHS. During COVID-19 we have managed to fund immediate access to private Mental Health Practitioners and Counsellors.
The work was initially supported by funds from United Utilities and Community Foundation for Lancashire and currently we are most grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for their generous support.
Social prescribing now forms part of the NHS Long Term Plan and exciting times lie ahead as the community gets more involved in helping each other with healthcare.
This is what a client said of our service:
“Just a quick email to thank you for being there for me over the last four months. Your level of mental health support has been there for me, on a 24/7 basis. I’m Always able to speak to you on the phone day or night or see you on a one-to-one basis at very short notice. I had worked through the pandemic in the NHS and I caught Covid which hospitalised me. When I was offered help from SES I was a complete mess. I had time off work, I wasn’t coping with life and I wanted to run away. I was thinking of leaving my position in the NHS, I was depressed, anxious and felt very isolated. I was behind on my assessments and felt “burnt out”. I was off work and not wanting to go back in.
However, in four months of treatment with yourselves, I have now got two professional certificates and I’m back on track with two more certificates to obtain. I’m back working full time in the NHS, having gone through a structured programme of return to work. I’m shortly to return to night and week end shifts. For the first time in the last year, I have my life back. Thanks again”