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Engagement with the voluntary sector

NHS Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group works closely with voluntary, community and third sector organisations in the area and has been able to establish strong links through its local infrastructure organisations:

  • Hounslow Community Network (HCN)
  • YourVoice in Hounslow (YVHSC)

Both organise regular events, attended by a variety of voluntary and community groups. Hounslow CCG’s  senior management, clinical leads and other representatives regularly attend to give updates and to gain third sector input on local service development. Find more online information about

Hounslow CCG currently commissions YourVoice in Houslow to provide a social prescription service to patients. .ounslow CCG with YVHSC as delivery partners have developed Social prescribing, as a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. The service encourages self-referral and the completion of social prescriptions.

Your Voice in Health and Social Care (YVHSC) recruits’ volunteers from across the borough, to interact with patients within all 47 GP surgeries about how to self-care and signpost them to community services available within the borough of Hounslow through the use of a social prescription. Volunteers are well informed and have close relationships with these services thus providing accurate information for patients.

Social prescribing is an opportunity to implement a sustained structural change to how a person moves between professional sectors and into their community. To fully address the social determinants of health, social prescribing schemes view a person not as a ‘condition’ or disability, but quite simply as a person.

Click here to view social prescribing documents. 

HCN and VAC YVHSC at: 

http://www.hounslowhub.org.uk/hounslow-community-network/

 http://www.yvhsc.org.uk/