We are a group of young medical and nursing students with a vested interest in the NHS and a vision to make an improve the wellbeing of communities around us. Below is a digital representation of the platform we aim to create.
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Social prescribing, commonly known as community referral, is a tool which enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to direct patients to a range of local, non-clinical services. It has shown great results in improving social integration and supporting individuals to take greater control of their own health.
OurSharedHealth wants to digitise this approach and make it accessible to the wider public, especially students at university. Students often move away from home and building a new support system can be quite difficult. We understand this and want to make it easier for people to build a supportive network through engaging in healthy activities; ultimately, helping their social, mental and physical health.
Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports. Each individual is different and have a range of interests, so we want to make the OurSharedHealth platform as inclusive as possible by offering services from a range of backgrounds.