Crawley Community Action manage the Prescription Plus project which is overseen by a Steering Group made up of project stakeholders including the GP practices, participating organisations, service users and local voluntary and statutory sector representatives.
About Prescription Plus
Prescription Plus is a social prescribing project in Crawley which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local people by connecting them to community support and activities. Available through GP surgeries, support is free or low cost and includes social groups, physical activities, counselling, information and advice around debt, housing and benefits, help with particular issues or conditions and more.
The project is currently active in eight of Crawley’s 12 GP surgeries:
How it works
Patients visiting their GP who have one or more long term conditions can be referred to one of the project’s Community Support Co-ordinators, who will see patients either in the GP surgeries, or at the patient’s home for an assessment visit.
During that visit, the Co-ordinator will take the time to find out what is going on for that person, and using a menu of local support and activities offered by local statutory, voluntary and community sector organisations in Crawley, will work out with the person what might help them to feel better and more in control of their own situation. 38 local organisations are actively signed up to the project, with many more receiving signposts where appropriate.
The Co-ordinator not only refers patients to appropriate services, but also helps them to engage by accompanying them to the first session, introducing them to the person co-ordinating a particular service or activity and following up with them to encourage them to continue with engagement. A team of Community Access Volunteers is being recruited to offer more ongoing practical and emotional support to patients who are struggling to engage with the services and activities on offer.
Services and activities are free (or low cost) at the point of delivery, but all voluntary and community sector organisations (VCS) offering services are paid through project funding for every session/activity they have delivered. This is built into the project to support sustainability of local VCS groups and organisations.