Our Personalised Care Team deliver a number of projects, often developed with a range of stakeholders of the social prescribing system across London, as a result of insights into challenges from those working on the frontline. All aim to support the long-term, sustainable development of Social Prescribing, and the embedding of the three personalised care roles in London’s health system.
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- Patient Voices for Social Prescribing
- Social Prescribing Innovators Programme
- London Social Prescribing Map
- London Social Prescribing Advocates Programme
- Community Chest
- Social Welfare Legal Advice
Patient Voices for Social Prescribing
A Patient Voices programme provides a safe space, support and a platform for individuals with lived experience of social prescribing, who want to share their experiences through storytelling and help improve services.
Read more about the programme and submit an Expression of Interest to share ideas for working with ‘patient voices’.
Social Prescribing Innovators Programme
The Social Prescribing Innovators Programme supports people on the frontline of social prescribing in London to overcome challenges and improve services’ ability to tackle health inequalities, through developing leadership skills, quality improvement and testing new ways of working.
12 projects from across London formed the first cohort of Social Prescribing (SP) Innovators
The participants received six months of Quality Improvement training, coaching and support, as well as a share of £120,000 in funding to find innovative solutions to local challenges to social prescribing services.
Read more information about the programme and projects:
- Social Prescribing Innovators Programme Brochure
- Social Prescribing Innovators Programme Projects
- Overview of Social Prescribing Innovators Programme
London Social Prescribing Map
- The opportunity: There is value in understanding how others are approaching the delivery of social prescribing across London, and crucial for an active network to have a facility to connect with each other.
- The solution: Transformation Partners in Health and Care (TPHC) will create, host and manage an online tool, in the form of a map, publishing local service models sharing how social prescribing is being delivered across London, as well as key SP contacts to enable a more active network and organic good practice sharing across London.
London Social Prescribing Advocates Programme
- The opportunity: Social Prescribing is relatively new to most parts of the NHS, and as investment grows year on year, so does the workforce, the system designed to embed and develop SP as well as the maturity of the work. SPLWs bring with them a rich breadth of skills and experience, and it is crucial there are facilities to ensure they are shaping this investment, development and support to ensure social prescribing is meaningful and thrives, and their insights are valued and heard.
- The solution: A community of SPLWs, that meet once a month to develop their skills as advocates of social prescribing and have an opportunity to shape pan London work related to the development and support of social prescribing.
Community chests are accessible and local funding pots for the voluntary and community sector to support local activities. They’re rooted in a collaborative, needs-led approach to funding that taps into the strengths and insights of a wide range of partners from across the local community.
Read more about our community chest model here.
Social Welfare Legal Advice
Reducing health inequities in London by improving access to social welfare legal advice
Social Welfare Legal Advice (SWLA) refers to the provision of free, independent, quality-assured advice on social welfare issues relating to civil law including: debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment, education, discrimination, immigration, community care and consumer rights. SWLA makes a key contribution to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the most disadvantaged, maximise income, reduce indebtedness, and prevent homelessness.
Ongoing changes to the welfare system and the cost-of-living crisis has led to increased demand for social welfare advice and support on welfare benefits, debt, housing and immigration issues at the same time as advice services are struggling due to lack of resources.
We have been commissioned by the Greater London Authority to support ICSs to increase provision of SWLA across healthcare and other settings.
Read more about the project here.
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