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Our award winning Community Wellbeing Practice scheme has supported over 5,000 patients to improve their health and wellbeing.

WE were commissioned by Halton CCG in 2011 to develop a community-centred approach to health and wellbeing that links all 17 GP Practices with wider community support on offer.

The Community Wellbeing Practice has recently won the prestigious Health Service Journal award for Primary Care Innovation Category.  It involves community navigation, social prescribing and volunteering as part of the programme of work.  We offer a social model of health, supporting people to access non medical sources of support, using an asset based approach to supporting good health and wellbeing.  Our community navigators are highly trained in qualifications such as dementia community navigation training, Mental Health First Aid, mindfulness and RSPH Health Promotion.

The outcomes for patients are phenomenal and most people we work with have significantly improved wellbeing (SWEMWBS), reduced depression (PHQ9) and find our wellbeing services offer an alternative to traditional medical approaches.  We are currently (Feb 2016) undertaking a cost benefit analysis to assess the impact of this service on demand in primary and secondary care.  See the attached downloadable poster we presented at the PHE 2015 conference for more details.

Sometimes medicine isn't the answer, and having conversations with patients about accessing activity groups or trying new things has given me a greater depth to understanding my patients - it feels like you're reaching out to the circumstances in their lives

General Practitioner

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