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Highly Specialised Services Quality Dashboards – Cancer metric definitions for 2020/21

These Specialised Services Quality Dashboards (SSQD) are designed to provide assurance on the quality of care by collecting information about outcomes from healthcare providers. SSQDs are a key tool in monitoring the quality of services, enabling comparison between service providers and supporting improvements over time in the outcomes of services commissioned by NHS England.

A GP perspective on social prescribing and the response to COVID-19 in Merton (London)

Mohan Sekeram, is GP Principal at Wideway Medical Practice in Merton, RCGP Regional Clinical Lead London (Person Centred Care) and Clinical Lead for Social Prescribing in Wandsworth and Merton Borough. We asked him about his experience of social prescribing in lockdown, and why he is convinced the PCNs should be including social prescribing link workers in their COVID-19 recovery plans.

Transition between COVID-19 care home support and the Enhanced Health in Care Homes service in the Network Contract DES and training requirements for personalised care roles

A really significant amount of work has already taken place to establish the COVID-19 care home support service. In delivering this interim model, local systems have implemented core elements of the more comprehensive Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) service in the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES). The EHCH service will be fully implemented, […]

Integrated Plus – how the relationship of social prescribing, the voluntary sector and general practice has made a difference to the people of Dudley

Aiesha Turner is a locality link officer for Integrated Plus in Dudley and Netherton. Here she talks about the benefits of having PCNs having social prescribing link workers based in the voluntary sector, and the impact they have been making during the coronavirus pandemic. Integrated Plus has been working with GP surgeries across Dudley for […]

Never waste a crisis: reflections on social prescribing and COVID-19 in West Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a county with a tradition for building partnerships between the voluntary and statutory sector, integrating the NHS social prescribing link workers into resilient primary care and community provision. Tim Anfilogoff, is Head of Community Resilience at Herts Valleys CCG, and NHS England’s Social Prescribing Regional Facilitator for the East of England. Here he […]

Social prescribing, coronavirus and general practice in Middlesbrough

Dr Jessica Hollingworth, GP partner at Linthorpe Surgery in Middlesborough, has recently introduced social prescribing link workers to her practice, but they are already proving invaluable in the response to Covid-19. Background We are really just getting off the ground here in Middlesbrough and in fact COVID has encouraged more buy-in to the need for […]

Partnership working and social prescribing: Be Well in Manchester on their response to COVID-19

We’re embracing this renewed focus on partnership working. If we all work together, we can get the people of Manchester the support they need, at whatever stage they need it” Heather Etheridge, Head of Service at the Be Well Service, Big Life Group, talks about how Manchester’s social prescribing service has adapted to respond to […]

Voluntary sector and primary care networks – responding to coronavirus in Tameside

Action Together is the community and voluntary sector infrastructure support organisation for Tameside (CVS). Here, their social prescribing team shares their experience of responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Background We have been delivering Social Prescribing as part of our Community Wellbeing Programme (social prescribing alongside asset-based community development and voluntary sector investment) commissioned by Tameside […]

How two new social prescribing link workers have become part of the PCN response to COVID-19 in Trafford

Clair Broomhead and Sinead Mackin are Primary Care Network (PCN) Social Prescribing Link Workers in Sale, Trafford. Here they explain how they have been supporting people’s health and wellbeing during the pandemic. Background The COVID-19 lockdown came when we had been in post for only six weeks. Just as we felt we made enough connections and knew […]

A GP perspective on social prescribing and the response to COVID-19 in Merton

Mohan Sekeram, is GP Principal at Wideway Medical Practice in Merton, RCGP Regional Clinical Lead London (Person Centred Care) and Clinical Lead for Social Prescribing in Wandsworth and Merton Borough. We asked him about his experience of social prescribing in lockdown, and why he is convinced the PCNs should be including social prescribing link workers […]