The Cork Kerry Health and Wellbeing Community Referral Project recently hosted a 20 minute, lunch-time Zoom Webinar which provided an overview of the social prescribing process, which helps people manage their physical and mental health.
Please find the recording of same here:
Please find the powerpoint presentation here.
Since early 2020 the HSE has funded a social prescribing pilot project in the Cork Kerry region – the ‘Health and Wellbeing Community Referral Project’. The project takes referrals from GPs and health professionals, community support organisations and members of the community can also self-refer. The project aims to improve service users’ quality of life, their health and wellbeing outcomes and mental wellbeing, reduce levels of social isolation and loneliness and improve health behaviours; as well as reduce demand on urgent care and secondary care services. The project is evaluated by the Department of Occupational Health in UCC and the interim evaluation (July 2020) highlights several positive outcomes for service users.
The webinar explains how social prescribing works, and demonstrates how health professionals can refer patients into the project. The project welcomes referrals from all of the GP practice team (including receptionists and other staff), other health professionals, and community support organisations. This project is particularly relevant as we deal with the impact of the pandemic on mental health in our communities, and is a tool to help individuals to develop their resilience and improve their health outcomes.
There is a growing body of evidence that social prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes. Studies have pointed to improvements in quality of life and emotional wellbeing, mental and general wellbeing, and levels of depression and anxiety.
“I felt like I had no future prospects. That filtered down to everything. After one session with [link worker] I went from having no idea to having a plan. A direction. I feel excited. I can do this. I haven’t felt like that in a long time.” (Service user, Interim Report, July 2020)
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