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Members were informed that the Biodiversity
Action Plan is being considered by the Executive Member for
Environment and Transport.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
The Committee has two meetings left to
consider the scrutiny recommendations.
Some draft recommendations will be available at the next meeting
but recommendations in relation to the Park for Health part of the
scrutiny will be depend on the outcome of the Heritage Lottery Fund
application which will be known in late March.
In response to an enquiry about the transport strategy, the Chair requested that the Committee clerk liaise with officers so that it can be discussed at the meeting in May.
Parks for Health
The Committee received a presentation on
social prescribing from Dr Katie Coleman, Clinical Lead of NCL
Personalisation about Social Prescribing. In addition, the Chair of
the Caledonian Park Friends Group shared her experience of being
involved in a friends group and the health benefits arising from
the use of open and green spaces. The Parks and Open Spaces Manager
contributed to the item. The following points were made:
Members were reminded about the value of parks in terms of
improving the health and wellbeing of its residents. In the
challenging economic climate, it is important that the Service
maximises and promotes the benefits of the parks for its residents.
It is not a statutory service which would give it some protection
Park Services bid for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Accelerated
project which aims to transform park services into a health and
The HLF bid is a joint bid with Camden Council. A key part of the
project would require working in conjunction with the health sector
to establish core links and partnerships. If the bid was
successful, l the service would have funding for the
transformation. If it was not, the
transformation would be a slower process.
· Dr Coleman informed the meeting that the NHS is promoting Social Prescribing (SP) which refers people with social, emotional or practical needs to activities or community groups. There is a recognition by GPs that there is an increasing level of complex, long term ailments which requires a different approach. Up to 70% of patient appointments are at least partly the result of socioeconomic issues and would be better treated with a non-medical intervention.
Social prescribing could be described as a ‘listening and
connecting’ service where help is given to patients to build
on their own personal strengths.
The link worker introduces them to their own local resources of
which parks could be of one of the resources available.
· Members were advised that although it is too early give a definitive analysis of the benefits, SP is gaining traction and is included in the NHS England Long Term Plan and Universal Personalised Care Model 2019 which stipulates that GP practices should come together as a network employing a social prescribing worker.
Dr Coleman advised that evidence indicates that SP results in
improvements to both the emotional and physical wellbeing of
residents. The link worker could direct
them to the appropriate service or support including for financial
advice, education training, volunteering and physical
Following consultation with the patient, the link worker, trained
with both the skills and knowledge, would be able to produce a
personal health care plan that addresses long term needs such as
facilitating a park run, referring them to knitting classes or
signposting them to the appropriate benefit support.
· In response to a question, Dr Coleman acknowledged that the link worker in his or her capacity will plug the gaps that presently exists in the current system through developing this person-centred care. What SP aims to do ... view the full minutes text for item 264.