Put simply, not all health issues require medicine and Care Merseyside has established itself as an effective social prescribing charity that helps people back on their feet and feeling good.
Services range from walking groups, nutrition education, access to Big Help Project debt advice and food clubs, yoga, dance, floristry, make up classes, digital sessions and creative writing. These and many more holistic style therapies help make us feel empowered, less isolated and improve our physical and mental health.
Social prescribing enables GP’s, nurses and other medical professionals to refer patients to other, non-clinical community based services.
As the first GP funded social prescribing charity in the UK, Care Merseyside has been sign-posting people to the right partners and services. Founded by GP Dr Faisal Maassarani in 2009, the national award-winning charity works hard to relieve poverty, provide education and training opportunities and recreational activities for people of all ages.
Alongside the empowering services they provide, Care Merseyside is also leading the way in how it socially prescribes. Using pioneering, patented software called Elemental, Care Merseyside is able to connect local GP practices and other agencies to offer patients alternative forms of holistic treatments. This results in less stress on an already stretched NHS service and the benefits of using local community hubs further cements the sense of community.
Founder Dr Maassarani said: “As a GP providing healthcare in Knowsley for over 16 years, I realise how stretched the NHS is and wanted to provide both alternative and additional support to our patient population and the wider community. I’m an advocate of joined up thinking and holistic approaches. The value added to lives from committing to this approach is a model which I believe is the way forward in managing health and well-being.
CEO, Cathy Connolly said: “This holistic approach allows all stakeholders and partners to embed the stepping stones of real empowerment on all levels. We aspire to change the landscape of how health is managed in a strategic way and in an accessible way and we have a wealth of valued partnerships that has allowed us to create this momentum.
Care Merseyside will continue to strive to introduce new services to its platform and has exciting collaborative work and partnerships to announce in the coming months.
On Saturday 8th June 2019 Care Merseyside will once again hold its annual fundraiser. The Crowne Plaza Hotel Liverpool is the host for the Summer Solstice Fundraiser which is a celebration of the charity’s achievements and on-going commitment to community well-being.
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