Health and Wellbeing Buddies on hand
Published: 12 September 2018
GPs in Redbridge are now better able to help people living with a range of conditions from anxiety to Type 2 diabetes thanks to a team of Health and Wellbeing Buddies. They help by offering one-to-one practical and motivational help in getting the local, non-medical, services that people often need.
‘Our GPs can treat the physical symptoms, but often people experiencing social isolation, anxiety, or just feeling very low, can be helped enormously by groups, clubs and social activities that they previously weren’t aware of, or lacked the confidence to join‘ says Dr Anil Mehta, Chair of the local GPs’ commissioning group.
‘The Health and Wellbeing Buddies have all that information to hand and can put people in touch with others who can really help them address underlying issues and find support that already exists in their local community.’
Cllr Mark Santos, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Mental Health and the Ageing, said: “This is an excellent initiative that has been made possible through the close partnership working of the Health and Wellbeing Board. Together we aim to improve the health of all residents and reduce health inequalities across the borough and this social prescribing approach helps us provide that link between medical and social support, impacting positively on a person’s life.”
Local charity RedbridgeCVS runs the ‘social prescribing’ scheme which is co-funded by Redbridge Council, the local GPs’ group and a grant from the Department of Health and Social Care.