Many things can affect your Health and Wellbeing and we understand that during lockdown you may be experiencing anxiety, lack of motivation and isolation. A Health and Wellbeing Advisor may be able to help you.
Health and Wellbeing Advisors work together with patients to focus on what matters to them. They connect people to community groups, agencies and charities for support, advice and companionship.
What support could be offered?
Health and Wellbeing Advisors can help you –
- If you are struggling with loneliness or social isolation
- Achieve healthy lifestyle choices
- Increase your mobility and balance-reducing trips and falls
- Find appropriate exercise groups or classes
- Access community groups or find local services
- Find new hobbies and learn new skills including accessing music, arts, crafts or gardening groups
- Meet others
- Get back into or accessing work
- Find volunteering opportunities
- Access bereavement support
- Gain support with other life changing events (i.e. moving house, retirement, births)
How could you benefit from Social Prescribing?
- Increase your confidence and self-esteem
- Reduce loneliness or social isolation
- Meet new people and gain a sense of belonging within the local community
- Improve your mental wellbeing and improve your quality of life
- Gain independence and be able to feel more confident when out and about
- Learn a new skill or find a new hobby
- Improve your physical health
How it works
A Health and Wellbeing Advisor will arrange an appointment with you so that you can get to know and learn a bit more about each other.
The appointment will be confidential, non-judgmental and casual. Together you will discuss your interests and what is important to your life and wellbeing and which activities, services and/or charities may benefit you. You will set achievable goals and make plans together about your wellbeing.
The Health and Wellbeing Advisor will continue to support and encourage you along the way, including attending introductory groups so you don’t have to take the first steps on your own.
Who is my local Health and Wellbeing Advisor?
Westrop Medical Practice has 2 Health and Wellbeing Advisors, Sophie Wilkins and Dave Goss.
This service is free and available to anyone at a time that suits you. If you feel you would benefit from speaking to a Health and Wellbeing Advisor than you can make contact on 07307 436443 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Wellbeing Advisors ARE NOT medically trained and therefore cannot give any advice regarding conditions, symptoms, diagnoses or medication.
NHS Health and Wellbeing Advisors follow Social Prescribing which is part of the NHS Long-Term Plan to highlight the benefits of personalised care across the health and care system.
Personalised care means people have options over the way their care is delivered based on what matters to them and their individual strengths and needs. Enabling patients to feel informed, have a voice and be connected to each other and their communities.
*Please note due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic some face to face services may be temporarily unavailable however the Health and Wellbeing Advisors can still offer support on the telephone or via a video consultation*