With the NHS plan refocussing the GP commitment to community health, the Lewisham PCN Social Prescribing service started in Jan 2020, and three months on we have all Lewisham GP surgeries activated on to the Elemental case management system which enables the GPs to refer their patients over to the new One Health Lewisham team from their usual EMIS system.

The initial recruitment secured the first 5 Link Workers, and we have just offered jobs to a second wave of Link Workers so that each PCN will have 2 Link Workers from April 2020.

Close to 300 referrals have been received from the Lewisham GP surgeries with a variety of reasons and needs. 45 clients successfully completed and closed, now engaged in their chosen activity or connected to local community services.

The team have been out engaging GPs at PCN meetings and local surgery MDT meetings, as well as connecting and engaging local community services and promoting the new service with other community and healthcare teams illustrating how it can all work together.

The team celebrated International Social Prescribing Day on March 12th with a couple of DIY Wellbeing events in the Waldron Centre and Downham Library – discussing the service, encouraging wellbeing tips by playing the Wheel of Wellbeing and promoting local activity leaflets.

We had about 70+ visitors to the stalls to the two events in the north and south. Meeting and encouraging DIY wellbeing with many members of the public as well as engaging local partners who came to learn more, including Disability Employment Advisors and local librarians.

It was an opportunity to discuss social prescribing, the new GP based teams as well as playing the game to encourage tips to improve someone’s wellbeing.