Care Navigators – Staff linked to Brent voluntary and community organisations who support care planned patients accessing relevant information and support. The Care Navigators work alongside GPs, social care and other provider organisations to advise and direct patients to relevant support and services.
Since August we have had Social Prescribing Link Workers. They started in the “Harness” GP area (covering Harlesden and Neasden) Now we are working in Kingsbury and Willesden too.
Social prescribing – sometimes called community referrals – is a way GP practice staff can help patients with social, emotional or practical needs access community services. Social Prescribing link workers meet the patients, find out their non-medical issues and advise them on everything from arts groups and volunteering to activities that involve physical exercise, such as gardening and dance clubs. It can involve giving advice about things like debt, benefits and housing. Medical staff can then concentrate on medical things
We supported one young woman with no family being exploited by “friends” to get rehoused, return to college and get a grant for a years travel card, a microwave and a bed for her new flat. Another person with a Learning Disability, who uses a wheelchair and has dual sensory impairment was referred to the Care Navigation Service by the GP for housing and other social needs. They had been let down and lost confidence and trust in professionals. We worked to regain their trust; and assisted them to move to specialist housing, We supported them with debt, benefits and social activities. Both are so much happier and settled now.
If you go to your GP with non medical issues you might find that you are referred to this service.
Services Care Navigator Provide:
Introducing self-care and self-management to patients
Providing information and advice
Signposting to the right services
Improving access to information for patients
Support to develop manageable goals for patients
Break down barriers between different providers, professions and services
Aid decision making for patients
The Referral Process for Care Navigation is carried out through the GP for patients with a Care Plan. Your GP will let you know if this service is suitable for you.
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Starting on Wednesday 14 September 2016 1.45 – 2.45
At St Catherine’s Church, Neasden Roundabout
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