Oldham Social Prescribing Innovation Partnership is a finalist in the upcoming 2020 LGC Awards and is up for winning the award for best Public/Public Partnership award. This award is open to two or more public sector bodies working together to highlight a more seamless, efficient and integrated service way of working together.
The Oldham Social Prescribing Innovation Partnership is a pioneering three-year Innovation Partnership on behalf of Oldham Cares (our integrated care organisation) to a local consortium of voluntary and community organisations.
This Innovation Partnership is thought to be one of the first for the public sector in England. The commissioning model draws power from the social value act and focuses on innovating and iterating the service model through coproduction with partners and residents to get the best service and offer possible to meet resident’s needs.
The idea originated from a partnership board of community organisations and public sector partners including Health, Local Government, Police and Housing providers who wanted to change the way we support our residents and drew from national best practice and cutting-edge thinking to meet the challenge of health outcomes and wellbeing with a different mindset and thinking about ‘more than medical support’.
The consortia of voluntary, community faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) partners works in partnership with the local health and care arena specifically – Oldham Cares, Oldham Council, Action Together (lead), Mind, Age UK, Positive Steps and Altogether Better.
The Partnership is focusing on developing social prescribing – specifically linking in residents/patients who have ‘more than medical’ needs e.g. social isolation, loneliness, low level mental health or physical health (they may want to join a walking group or a coffee morning for depression) or just wanting to better navigate other parts of wider public system such as welfare. The objectives of the partnership are to; improve the health and wellbeing for people in Oldham through ‘more than medical’ care and support, build upon community capacity, reduce pressure on the health and care system and system learning.
Rani is 27 years old, has a 1yr old, and is pregnant, moved to Oldham from India when she married her husband 3 years ago, and has recently lost her husband. Rani visited the GP several times about low mood and physical aches and pains. Sensing this was more than just medical issues at play here, the GP in Oldham West referred Rani the Social Prescribing partnership. Rani is now accessing community bereavement support, knit and natter women’s sewing groups, stay and play’s all to help reducing her social isolation, and is accessing parent and toddler activities. Rani’s next steps are enrolling on a lifelong learning course and exploring employment opportunities with Get Oldham Working.
This is positive change we need to continue making for people in Oldham.