The Barnet Wellbeing Hub
The Barnet Wellbeing Hub has been developed as a collaborative process between people who use mental health services, a number of voluntary sector organisations and the statutory sector. It arose out of Barnet CCG's Reimagining Mental Health Programme, the Breakfast Clubs and workshops associated with that process. Evidence is gathering on the value of person and community-centred approaches that ‘lead to better outcomes and significant benefits for individuals’. The Five Year Forward NHS strategy has identified that such shifts in healthcare must include ‘new partnerships with local communities’.
The Barnet Wellbeing Hub utilises a social prescribing model which aims to:
- Support people (over the age of 16) who could improve their wellbeing by becoming more involved in community activities
- Create a safe and welcoming facility for people to come to access a range of community based support services
- Support community groups to develop a range of services which can be accessed through a formalised social prescribing process.
- Consolidate a joint offer across voluntary service providers with strong links into the statutory sector as a robust early intervention/prevention strategy for people who experience mental health issues.
- Develop a single pathway to access a joined up offer
- Delay, reduce or prevent people's needs for more formal health and social care intervention.
- Form part of a larger integrated whole system model of provision ensuring the "right service is delivered at the right time at the first point of contact for the individual" and is easily accessible to people who do fall in 'gaps' between services.
- Develop a case for future joined up delivery and funding, creating efficiencies and clearer pathways to care in the future.