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Signposting

Signposting is an essential service (i.e. a service that all pharmacies must provide) which forms part of the Terms of Service under the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework.  Signposting is the provision of information to people visiting the pharmacy, who require further support, advice or treatment which cannot be provided by the pharmacy, on other health and social care providers or support organisations who may be able to assist the person. Where appropriate, this may take the form of a referral.
 
Signposting information relevant to each Local Authority area is included below to assist pharmacies find information to assist with signposting patients.
 

See also our Making Every Contact Count (MECC) page here: http://www.cpwy.org/hlp/making-every-contact-count-mecc-.shtml

 

 

Bradford and Airedale 

 

Bradford Medicines Support at Home (MESH)

The MESH service aims to optimise medicines and reduce inappropriate poly-pharmacy for vulnerable patients.  Community pharmacies can make direct referrals into the MESH service should a patient who would benefit from this support be identified.  The referral criteria which can be found in the service leaflet below but includes patients on 10 or more regular medicines, or taking between 4-9 regular medicines but on higher risk medicines or have a non-compliance issue or incur frequent hospital admissions linked to medication issues.  The service is only available to patients registered with a GP practice within Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs.
 

MESH Service Leaflet

 

 

Bradford Community Connectors 

Health Action Local Engagement (HALE) is working in partnership with Bradford and District CCG's to deliver this service across Bradford via HALE’s Community Connector Programme. The service will visit anyone who is isolated, feeling low or lacking in confidence and, they will find out what people are interested in, what services and activities are available locally and help people access them.  They even go along with people until they are confident enough to go on their own.  See the summary document below.

Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

 

  

 

Calderdale

 

Every Baby Matters in Calderdale

Together with a multi- agency task group, NHS Calderdale has produced an excellent guide, full of useful information and advice for promoting the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. It covers issues such as:

  • health in pregnancy
  • healthy lifestyle
  • breast feeding
  • genetic awareness
  • healthy homes
  • safe sleeping
  • caring for sick children

It also has lots of useful contact numbers and is available in a range of languages (English, Czech, Slovak, Polish and Urdu).

We believe that this guide will be useful for all practitioners working with families.  The information is also highly relevant to those working with young people who may be parents in the future.

Further copies of the leaflet are available from:  01422 397340 or email: healthresources@swyt.nhs.uk

Every Baby Matters - English

Every Baby Matters - Czech

Every Baby Matters - Polish

Every Baby Matters - Slovak

Every Baby Matters - Urdu-EBM 

 

 

Calderdale Healthy Early Years Website - A parents guide from birth to 5

The Healthy Early Years website is a useful resource both for pharmacy teams to promote to families and for pharmacy teams to use to provide up-to-date messages about health to the families of children aged 0-5 years.

www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk. 
 
 
 

Primary Eye-Care Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS) 

This service is for patients in need of primary eye care help and advice or referrals.
 
Eye Problems Flyer - Calderdale
 
 
 

Calderdale: Staying Well - Social Prescribing

The Staying Well team works with people to access the hundreds of social and physical activities available in the community as a way to address loneliness and isolation.  People with active social lives tend to be happier and healthier and may even see health improvements.
 
Any adult in Calderdale can benefit from the service which is client-led.  The Staying Well worker will spend time with a client to identify the support they need and help them to navigate a range of services.  Support can range between providing information about local activities and organisations to accompanying a client to an activity to help them to settle in. The Staying Well service also works with community groups to develop social activities and interventions that meet the needs of the clients including volunteering opportunities.
 
Pharmacy teams can refer directly to the service or encourage the client to self-refer to the Staying Well service. More information about the service can be found here: stayingwellhub.com including how to make a referral.
 
Calderdale Staying Well Poster
 
Calderdale Staying Well Leaflet
 
Calderdale Staying Well Referral Form
 
Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate
 
 
 

The Calderdale Directory

Calderdale have launched an online Directory of Services for local voluntary sector organisations to promote the work they do in Calderdale.  http://cvac.org.uk/directory/
 
The directory includes up to date information about voluntary sector organisations in Calderdale and the services they offer.  The directory allows pharmacy teams to search for groups by postcode or keyword (eg carer, dementia, asthma).  The directory is a useful tool which will allow pharmacy teams to signpost patients to groups and services in Calderdale that can provide them with additional support.
 
 
 
 
 

Greater Huddersfield

 

Primary Eye-Care Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS) 

This service is for patients in need of primary eye care help and advice or referrals.
 
Eye Problems Flyer - Huddersfield
 
 
 
  
 

Kirklees

 

Better in Kirklees - Social Prescribing

Better in Kirklees supports people living with a long-term health condition to become more active and involved in their community. Through Social Prescribing, they connect people to groups and activities close to where they live based on their interests. 

A Better in Kirklees leaflet and fact sheet can be found below:

Better in Kirklees - Leaflet

Better in Kirklees - Fact Sheet

Better in Kirklees - Poster

Better in Kirklees - Referral Form

Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

For more information, please visit: https://www.touchstonesupport.org.uk/services/better-in-kirklees-bik/.

 

 

Primary Eye-Care Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS) 

This service is for patients in need of primary eye care help and advice or referrals.
 
Eye Problems Flyer - North Kirklees
 
 
 


Leeds


The Leeds Directory

Leeds Directory is a council funded source of information on a wide range of services and organisations which can accessed online. http://leedsdirectory.org/
 
There are over 1800 organisations and services to assist and support people to live independently. The directory includes information on wellbeing services (stop smoking, weight) and support groups for patients (carers, cancer) information and could be used by pharmacy teams to support signposting of patients.
 
 
 

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a short term-intervention service that works with people to identify their needs and to help them to access existing community-based support services. This can be through providing information, signposting to relevant services, creating action plans and goals setting.  Community pharmacy can refer people to the Social Prescribing service for support if the person presenting with needs outside of the remit of the community pharmacy role or is asking for support you cannot provide or you don't know where else to signposting them for further support.
 
Please see the document below for the referral checklist and information of which social prescribing service (as this differs depending on which GP practice the patient is registered with).
 
Social Prescribing Services Information and Checklist
 
Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate
 
 
PEP (Leeds West)
T: 0113 2795870
 
Connect for Health (Leeds South & East)
T: 0113 387 6380
 
Connect Well (Leeds North)
T: 0113 336 7612
 
 
 
 

Wakefield

 

Live Well Wakefield - Social Prescribing

The Live Well Wakefield team provides a range of support and advice to professionals and local people to help maintain their wellbeing.  The team understands that there are many things that can affect our ability to feel healthy and remain independent and are able to offer individual support to help people address any needs.  The team consists of Live Well advisors who promote health and wellbeing in adults 18+ in the Wakefield District, by offering a referral based service. Advisors are able to meet with people within their home or community setting and discuss with them options available to support with maintaining their health and wellbeing.  See the summary document below.

Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

 

 


Last Updated: 9th April 2019