#Socialprescribinginaction – Kirklees based organisation working to reduce isolation achieves highest level of Quality For Health standard
The main aim of our latest Approved Providers, The Denby Dale Centre, is purely and simply to reduce isolation and improve quality of life for residents in and around Kirklees. Established in 2005 by members of the Denby Dale Methodist Church, the centre started work as a charity, to reduce isolation in the local area by running activities that bring people together. Fast forward to present day, The Denby Dale Centre delivers 20 anti-loneliness projects across Kirklees that are well attended and invaluable to their service users.
The Denby Dale Centre was recently presented with their well earned Quality For Health Level 2 Certificate at one of their weekly Time Together Dementia Activity Groups. The certificate was presented by the Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, Dr Steve Ollerton.
Paul Jones, Centre Manager at The Denby Dale Centre said:
“We are very proud and delighted to be recognised as a quality provider of health care services by the Quality for Health award. Our Level 2 award speaks for itself as we are providing 20 anti-loneliness projects across the whole of Kirklees including adult social care and community transport. The work to prepare for the audit and verification was well worth the effort. The process was very well supported by VAC who provided training, mentoring and have helped link us directly with other community organisations and form new friendships and partnerships.
Moving forward, we hope that holding this quality mark will demonstrate to commissioners and funders the quality level of our services and give confidence in our friends and partners in the community sector that we have quality and professionalism throughout our organisation.
We involved our employed staff, volunteers, placements and of course our members in completing the Quality for Health award, and I would personally like to thank each and every one of them for their kind cooperation, allowing us to demonstrate our work.
From dementia groups, to shopper buses, and from our group minibus hire to our first aid training centre, we are Kirklees, for Kirklees and throughout Kirklees.”
With the concept of social prescribing taking the UK by storm, voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations like The Denby Dale Centre are deservedly being recognised for their integral role in Health and Wellbeing. But what is social prescribing?
As described by The Social Prescribing Network, social prescribing is ‘a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing, often using services provided by the voluntary and community sector.’
With the popular movement towards social prescribing models, The Denby Dale Centre and its services are a perfect example of the social community led solutions can have on an individual’s health and wellbeing. Becoming a Quality For Health Approved Provider compliments social prescribing by offering confidence in the high quality of the services that patients can be socially prescribed to.
Talking about Quality For Health and why it was first developed, Penny Woodhead, Chief Quality and Nursing Officer, Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups said:
“One of the things that GPs often talked to us about was how could they be sure about the quality of services if they were to refer into voluntary or community sector organisations. We wanted to put something in place that gave that level of confidence to GPs to use the non-statutory sector.”
For more information about The Denby Dale Centre, please visit https://www.ddc.org.uk/
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