The future of medicine

Our current medical model is broken- it is unsustainable and being part of it is really tough. Patients struggle to be heard and healthcare workers struggle to meet escalating expectations in a poorly resourced system. Society has lost touch with its soul and we are all living more and more isolated lives. There is hope with growing numbers of medics trying to fight back against the medicalisation of life’s ups and downs. Taking responsibility for ourselves and others is key. And compassion

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by Becca Hall
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Created on 31 Oct 2019

https://healthconnectionsmendip.org/

This is database of all the things going on in Mendip that might be of use to people attending their GPs. It’s not comprehensive but it’s a good start. So , when I’m sitting in my surgery with my miserable and lonely patient rather than prescribe pills I can explore what might interest them locally. They may not yet feel up to engaging with the world so they can see a health coach 1 to 1 who will sit down with them, listen and make a plan.  They can set some modest goals and make a realistic plan with the coach who will see them again the following week to check progress. 

This is what we are doing in Frome. It’s incredibly cost effective and patient empowering.  It’s called social prescribing and is a very rewarding and sustainable way to practice medicine. 

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Steve Thorp

Hi Becca, really great idea. What are you hoping for from people like me who might be outside the Mendips area and more focussed on the Campfire Convention more broadly? Are we talking about developing different models for health care/wellbeing? Definitely interested in the conversation...

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Becca Hall

I’m just experimenting with campfire a little. We have s good model in Mendip and I’m hoping to share the model and how anyone can contribute to providing equitable accessible resources in their own community. Eg here, to be included in our database a project must fulfill certain criteria-
1. Be community interest company or charity
2. Low cost or free

I need to find out more but currently the model is that the provider of the service needs to offer it as they see fit- there is no voucher or prescription exchanged. So the user needs to feel empowered to access the service.

I’m not sure I’m being clear but I’m working on understanding it and looking at different models.
The national academy for social prescribing has just been formed so I think there will be lots of work looking at different models. Watch this space.
http://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/

I’d like to chat about it too. Are you going to Selgars mill?

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Steve Thorp

Yes, I'm at Selgars Mill. I think there will be some amazing conversations!

Interesting perspective – and I can only really talk from the talking therapy side, but I was having a conversation yesterday about counselling and psychotherapy (and other healing). provision and the balance between therapists who have worked a lot and paid a lot to support themselves (and therefore need to be paid for their work) and the social provision you are talking about.

This might stem from a cultural/systemic problem in therapy as a profession which has (to paraphase Denis Postle) privatised the psy-commons – ie made what are natural human leanings to listen, engage and help into professional secret gardens. Its a difficult one. I guess the answer with a CIC or charity would be to raise enough funds to pay therapists a decent fee, but provide it low cost or no cost to clients.

I'll check out the link...

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Steve Thorp

Just checked out the Social Prescribing Academy. Really interesting initiative.

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Becca Hall

Yes- very early days. we need to give them work to do!

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Julene Siddique

I'm working on creating new systems and models of care and support.
Here is an article I wrote on that
https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Ni2Wfp9P5YdwPC7a3VeY/full

I'm also working on a Arts - Health cross-industry. See more here www.nadadigital.com

Let's talk more!