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New innovative scheme aims to help patients get more help in Thurrock

A NEW scheme to help improve health and wellbeing in the community is well underway across Thurrock.
Social Prescribing, a project of Thurrock CVS, enables healthcare professionals, such as GPs and nurses, to refer patients to a range of appropriate, local and non-clinical support in the community — such as exercise groups, help with housing issues or good quality debt advice.

The innovative scheme is being delivered by a cross agency partnership of Thurrock CVS, the Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group and Thurrock Council with funding coming from the Better Care Fund.

The scheme, which was launched just before Christmas, is being trialled at ten G.P. surgeries across Thurrock and has already benefitted more than 70 people.

Social Prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs with a focus on improving mental health and physical wellbeing.

Those who could benefit from Social Prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.

Dr Bhatt, G.P. of the Sai Medical Practice, said: “The service that Thurrock’s Social Prescribers are providing is both valuable and tangible. At a time when our health services are increasingly stretched this innovative scheme is delivering real and sustainable help and I look forward to seeing the offer expanded so all our surgeries are able to take advantage of this excellent service”

Another G.P. benefitting from the scheme is Dr Blessing of the Tilbury Medical Centre who said: “Social prescribing is proving to be a valued additional front line service. My patients are benefiting from an extended offer from the Surgery that covers a wide range of services and activities. The Social prescribers are becoming an integral part of Primary Care.

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