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GPs in Lambeth and Southwark will be able to prescribe financial advice sessions for working age patients in a pilot project which could be rolled out nationally if successful.

GPs will identify working age patients who have a long-term health condition and financial problems and refer them to Impact on Urban Health and the Centre for Responsible Credit, who will be able to help them with claiming benefits and dealing with debt problems.

Kieron Boyle, the chief executive of Impact on Urban Health, told the Guardian: “People’s finances and health are connected: debt, money worries and financial insecurity can have a profound effect on our physical and mental health.

“This is especially the case in ‘cliff edge’ moments such as unexpected bills or delays in income.

“As a result, we’re proud to support the UK’s first model of social prescribing that includes debt advice, bringing together local authorities, housing associations and healthcare providers. We think this approach could spread to cities across the country.”

The pilot project is set to be tested on 2,000 people and will then be reviewed with the aim of encouraging a national roll-out.

You can read more on this story in the Guardian.


-1 #6 Sam51 2021-04-21 13:27
It’s hard enough to get GPS to give you any supportive letter let alone be in a position to help in this new assessment initiative. It’s so stressful and services are near non Existence. I’m sceptical
-1 #5 HappyHappy 2021-04-21 11:33
More info' from the Guardian:

"The scheme, called Financial Shield, will be tested with 2,000 people in Lambeth and Southwark until September 2022. The pilot will include a cost-benefit analysis to measure outcomes and an independent review to encourage a national rollout.

GPs in Southwark and Lambeth will identify working-age patients with both long-term health conditions and money worries, and text them to offer support. Doctors’ surgeries will display posters and leaflets to help them explain the new service to their patients."
-1 #4 HappyHappy 2021-04-21 11:11
I'm confused by the previous comments - this is NOT a DWP scheme – see the link to the Guardian article above:
The Centre for Responsible Credit is an independent group - take a look at their: "A Fresh Start After Covid‑19 – An outline strategy to tackle Britain’s household debt crisis" - it's designed to help people get out of debt.
Urban Health are part of the Guy’s & St Thomas' Foundation looking at "Easing pressures – how work, money and homes can make our cities healthier and fairer - Addressing the social determinants of health that can slow progression from one to many long-term health conditions".
Check out their websites for further info'.
If you're in the catchment, & your GP can prescribe this, it's probably worth looking carefully at whether it could benefit you.
If this is a success, then perhaps it would be rolled out into the rest of the UK?
-2 #3 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-04-20 15:30
Yet again another load of bolloxs, and waste of money. DWP Scam @ its finest.
-1 #2 FieldL2015 2021-04-20 09:27
Not everyone has a supportive GP so i think its unlikely this is going to work.

I am always a bit dubious about these so called DWP pilot schemes.
-1 #1 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2021-04-19 20:38
It won't work? How many people will tell them of their debts. This is a DWP scam I suspect. People are frightened to death of the persecution from the DWP and government.

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