New social prescribing system for Medway

Volunteers. Stock photo.
Volunteers. Stock photo.

Medway Council is working to deliver a social prescribing service in Medway to support residents to live healthier, happier lives.

Social prescribing is a way of linking primary care patients with support in the community. It provides doctors with a non-medical referral option which can be used alongside treatments to improve health and wellbeing.

The partnership involves representatives from CCG, NHS, the voluntary and community sector and is being led by Public Health Medway. Voluntary sector partners include Medway Voluntary Action, Carers First, Healthwatch Kent, Kent Association for the Blind, Imago and Medway Citizens Advice.

Scott Elliott, Medway Council’s Head of Health and Wellbeing, said: “This new system is an excellent opportunity for local organisations to raise the profile of its services and link residents to services it needs. This step forward aligns perfectly with the council and CCG’s plans to create a comprehensive social prescribing system for Medway.

“Social prescribing is a fantastic vehicle to improve the health and wellbeing levels of residents, and we have a number of exciting projects already taking place, and new ones planned for 2019. Voluntary and community sector partners are essential to our success, and we are currently pulling together a formal social prescribing plan so that people can read for themselves our vision for Medway.

“Through this vision we want to make social prescribing services accessible to everyone across Medway, using one gateway in and referral platform. Link Workers from across sectors will be able to refer clients through and we want to encourage members of the public to self-refer too.”

The Connect Well Medway service will launch in April 2019.