NCVS is working alongside the NHS in Nottingham to contribute to the successful implementation of Social Prescribing in local communities. Part of the NHS England Long Term Plan to deliver personalised care, Social Prescribing is when GP’s, nurses, other primary care professionals and local agencies refer patients to a Link Worker (or similar role) who enables them to access appropriate support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing.
We are working closely with the Link Workers responsible for delivering Social Prescribing in Nottingham city's eight local Primary Care Networks (PCNs), as well as with local voluntary sector lead organisations and community groups to shape the delivery of Social Prescribing across Nottingham.
This will involve working co-productively across Nottingham's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, building multi-agency partnerships, raising awareness of Social Prescribing, sharing learning and good practice, mapping the gaps of VCSE provision and supporting and strengthening the development of VCSE provision.
Your invitation to our Social Prescribing Community Conversation Events
Nottingham city GP's will start Social Prescribing through the eight PCN Link Workers from Monday 20 January 2020.
As Social Prescribing is still in the process of being shaped across the city, we feel it's vital that the VCSE sector (both small neighbourhood volunteer run community groups as well as larger voluntary organisations) is involved alongside NHS partners and the Nottingham City GP Alliance.
To enable this to happen we have organised a series of Social Prescribing Community Conversation Events so that you can find out more about Social Prescribing, the referral process, who your Link Worker will be and how you can be involved.
The events have been divided up into ward areas, as well as an event for organisations who deliver city-wide. Please click on the link for the area you are interested in and you will be taken through to the Eventbrite registration page.
More events are in the process of being set up and we will share details as and when these dates are confirmed, please keep an eye on our Social Prescribing page for updates.
Book onto an event now:
- Aspley, Bilborough & Leen Valley (Area based lead organisation is Groundwork) Thursday 23 January 2020, 10am-12noon, at Bilborough Community Centre
- City-wide Social Prescribing meeting - large/medium VCSE groups Thursday 23 January 2020, 3.30pm-5pm at NCVS
- Clifton East & Clifton West (Area-based lead organisation is Bridges Community Trust) Monday 27 January 2020, 10am-12noon, at Highbank Community Centre
- Castle Cavendish Lead Areas (Sherwood, Basford, Berridge, Radford, Castle, Hyson Green, Arboretum, Wollaton East, Wollaton West, Meadows, Lenton) Tuesday 4 February 2020, 2pm-4pm, Castle Cavendish Works
We are hoping to achieve as wide a reach as possible by encouraging community groups and VCSE organisations to attend across all the neighbourhoods and diverse communities of interest and identity in each Area.
Who to contact
This work is being delivered by NCVS through our Community Connector Pauline Dorey (Wednesday-Friday) and our Development Officer Julie Bowler (one day per week).