Last week we hosted a workshop at the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants Annual Conference. We engaged attendees in the loneliness tackling work we do at Community Network and specifically about the launch of our GP Practice based telephone peer to peer support pilot in Hertfordshire.
GP surgeries are ideally placed to signpost patients who are lonely and give them an opportunity to join telephone friendship groups. We are recruiting one or more GP surgeries in rural locations to work with us, helping older people to make friends, help each other and combat loneliness via volunteer facilitated telephone groups.
Attendees completed a short quiz(with a chocolate prize!) on the effects of loneliness on health and well being. Thanks to everyone who attended the workshop. Feedback has been very positive and we are following up the interest shown.