A new pilot Social Wellbeing Clinic for those with a need for social care support, usually as a result of a physical condition or impairment, has launched at Woolston Lodge Surgery, as part of a wider service hub providing information to the community.
Trialling for four months and taking place every Friday, the clinic will offer tailored support for GP-referred adults aged 18 and over with a physical or mental impairment impacting on their independence, that may lead to social care needs.
Trained social care practitioners will be on-hand to offer individual advice and information in an informal setting to prevent or delay social care needs arising. This will include advice on maintaining independence, keeping safe at home, remaining healthy and staying well, making friends and getting involved in the community and developing life skills such as seeking training and employment opportunities.
The Southampton City Council practitioners will work alongside representatives from the Saints Foundation and NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group funded Community Navigators from SPECTRUM to offer advice on health and community support.
Having all of these services together at one clinic is an example of a new way of working in the city, Better Care Southampton. This is where the local NHS, Southampton City Council and the third and community sector are working together to transform the way health and social care is delivered in the city.
Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet member for Adult Care said: “Having a Social Wellbeing Clinic and bringing together health, social care and community resources makes sense. It means people will be able to get advice and support from one place within their own community, focussing on giving them the tools to live their lives to the fullest. This way of working will also develop stronger working partnerships between adult social care, health professionals, the community and third sector organisations.”
Dr Nigel Jones, GP at Woolston Lodge Surgery said: “This approach supports patients being seen at an earlier stage in their social care journey and will give them access to advice in their own locality. It also opens the doors to cross agency working as GP’s from all three of the Woolston practices will be able to refer cases into the wellbeing clinics which will be held at Woolston Lodge Surgery”.