Place Category: Health & Social Care
Salford Health Matters is a Community Interest Company founded in 2007 to provide primary care services in areas of highest need in Salford. We provide front-line general practice to our registered population of 15,000 people from three GP practices across Salford, a special outreach GP service for homeless people, an award winning specialist children’s service and a social prescribing service to improve well-being. We strive to provide our services to an excellent standard to all patients irrespective of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation or disability, from a happy qand healthy multi-disciplinary staff team.
As a community interest company we guarantee that our profits will be reinvested in health and for the benefit of the Salford community.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Salford-Health-Matters.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Improving access to quality care for all
As a GP practice we care passionately about quality care for all and have strived to improve care throughout Salford by providing a number of innovative health projects whilst maintaining an excellent standard of primary care.
- Health to Wellbeing - The aim of this project is to improve health and wellbeing of the local population of Eccles and Irlam and reduce pressures on the primary healthcare system by signposting the population to more appropriate services across the city. This will be done by increasing the quality of information, co-ordination and facilitation to enable a greater number of people to access Salford’s community assets which, in turn, will improve their health and wellbeing.
- Virtual Ward - This 12 month pilot will develop a virtual ward to improve the management of frail older people in Little Hulton and Walkden, with the aim of reducing hospital admissions, the demand on local GPs, and improve quality of life for this vulnerable group.
- Training Academy - In conjunction with University of Salford we have set up a training academy for Advanced Practitioners to help fill the GP workforce gap in Salford. There are 14 candidates on the 2 year programme with a view to working across Salford practices once qualified.
- Childrens Service - We continue to provide a service specifically to reduced the hospital bill for the children of Salford attending A & E and have found families prefer this service.
2) Investing in opening up access to healthcare
We continue to champion evening and weekend hours and strive to improve what we do and how we do it.
We have invested in opening up access to those who may find it hard e.g. homeless people, young people and people with dementia.
Social prescribing gives our patients support beyond medical care to improve their lives.
3) Supporting homeless people to access healthcare services
Our homeless service provided 1392 GP appointments in 2015 / 16 with an additional 2004 contacts with a link worker.
Social Prescribing comprises 1:1 support for individuals accessing the Windsor Centre. Most have been registered to the homeless practice but occasionally some have not. Help has also been provided with filling in forms, liaising with housing to access housing support, basic counseling (one of our social work students was a trained counsellor), signposting, support in decision making and liaising with solicitors to access legal support.