We have been co-located with general practice at Darnall Primary Care Centre since May 2013, sponsored by the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Our location enables social wellbeing activity to take place under one roof, whereby healthier behaviours can become the norm due to e.g. health walks and other groups meeting in the centre. Our Chair ascribes this burgeoning community or ‘social movement’ to the fact that “health is contagious”.
Barriers are broken down between community and services. Our volunteers rub shoulders with GPs in the staff kitchen and our workers have informal conversations with primary care staff prior to referrals being made. These sort of interactions help promote health because DWB and the community is part of the process and involved at an early stage, rather than simply being an end referral point.
The Clover Group – Darnall Practice Manager likened our distinctive role to:
A maitre d’ of services; people come through the door and DWB takes them by the hand and guides them to the right support.