We employ a team of practice-based social prescribing navigators who work in all general practices across the city. The service gives GPs a non-medical referral option that can work alongside existing treatments to improve health and wellbeing.
Our social prescribing navigators help and support patients by signposting them to sources of support in the community. This may include, for example, help with financial, housing, lifestyle, mobility, social and general advice. We work with more than 100 health, social care, and voluntary sector partners to provide this service.
Our social prescribing model has been hugely successful in the first two years of the service, with 4300 referrals. Newcastle Gateshead CCG approved a further two years funding in June 2019.
We are part of the Newcastle Gateshead Social Prescribing Connector Project and work alongside organisations from the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors and statutory bodies. The connector project aims to share knowledge and best practice to support the delivery and development of the social prescribing system across Newcastle and Gateshead. They are also developing consistent training provision across the linkwork community in the North East, working with NHS England and Health Education England to develop competency frameworks and training programmes.
We are supporting the development of this service as an integral part of the wider social prescribing offer across the city.
Read about two of our successful social prescribing case studies.
Social prescribing Link workers
We also work closely with Newcastle’s new social prescribing link workers. Link workers differ from navigators in that they take a more hands-on approach with patients that are referred to them. This may mean going into the community with their patient or organising transport to get to a support group or club. Download our presentation to read more about social prescribing link workers.