PPG volunteers lead successful social prescribing clinic pilot

Ben Smith, Policy Development Officer, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL)

In April 2015, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG) commissioned Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) to manage and deliver a social prescribing pilot based at the Rosebery Medical Centre in Loughborough.  The aim of the pilot was to introduce a social prescribing service within a single GP practice and to provide some insight into the range of factors that are key to its implementation. West Leicestershire CCG also agreed to provide funding for the Voluntary and Community Sector services available through social prescribing to increase the sustainability of the service. Continue reading

What we’ve heard so far

Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus and Chair of the VCSE Review

Since August we’ve been busy meeting with the VCSE sector to gauge your views on our consultation questions.  Across the country at face-to-face meetings, in online events and through our two consultations we’ve heard some really thoughtful contributions.  We want to share here some of the key messages we’ve received so far.  Remember, there’s still time to contribute views and shape the future of health and social care as the consultation closes on 6 November.  Continue reading