Recognising that people’s health and wellbeing are determined mostly by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Social Prescribing connector schemes that are able to offer healthy life style support, prevention and low level community and social interventions, have been active in Lincolnshire for a number of years, whether that’s through Lincolnshire County Council’s commissioned services, such as Wellbeing Lincs, or through people accessing voluntary and third sector community organisations.
In 2019 NHSE/I started to fund Social Prescribing Link workers through the emerging Primary Care Networks and the Community Mental Health programme in Lincolnshire.
In Lincolnshire we have mainly recruited the link workers through two VCSE organisations:
Both organisations have come together to develop a one provider approach for Lincolnshire, which will streamline their processes and bring consistency in how they deliver Social Prescribing.
South Lincolnshire Rural PCN have recruited their own link workers.
This has started to enable GPs and other primary and community health professionals to be able to simply link the people they see with someone who will take the time to explore ‘what matters to them and what’s important and to support them to access non-medical and local community, voluntary and support services.
Lincolnshire’s ambition is to have a co-produced, digitally enabled social prescribing offer at the heart of Primary Care Networks and communities that will support local populations. It will have a virtual offer and will join the various commissioned and non-regulatory services together, and integrate volunteering within a funding envelope that will enable local community services (VCSE) to thrive and flourish – meeting the requirements of local populations 2021/22 onwards.
Through collaborative commissioning and partnership working with PCNs, LCC, District Councils, CCG, VCSE.
3,604 people supported in 20/21.
1,134 vulnerable people identified by GPs benefited from 'check in and support' calls during Covid-19 national lockdowns.
Vulnerable people supported with food supplies, prescriptions, patient transport, social and community activity and emotional wellbeing.
Coproduction of the Wellbeing digital platform which has been invaluable through the last 12 months, enabling people to track their own mood and wellbeing whilst being able to connect in with a link worker when needed as been a lifeline for some people.
For the rest of Lincolnshire, the social prescribing team can be contacted directly on 01205 314479 or through the GP, nurse, social worker, or job coach.
Social Prescribing in Lincolnshire Annual Report.pptx