Primary Care Network

Health and Wellbeing Coaching and Social Prescribing

Health and Wellbeing Coaching

Our role as Health and Wellbeing Coaches is to guide and support patients in behaviour change, so that they can gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to make positive lifestyle changes to better manage their health and wellbeing. We work closely with patients who are at risk or living with a long term condition such as high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma or diabetes, We work with patients over an agreed period of time to discuss what is important and what matters to them. Patients choose their own goals and we work together to explore the choices options and create a plan to achieve their goals.

Our service is available for patients registered at Lister House practice; Pear Tree, Chellaston, Coleman Street and Oakwood.   A GP or health professional may refer to the service, or patients can self refer by providing a name and contact telephone number to one of our receptionists. You can also contact us online by using our eConsult service and one of the team will be in contact with you within 5 working days.

Health and Wellbeing Coaches

Dawn - I have 9 years’ experience supporting people to make positive lifestyle changes, including stopping smoking, healthy eating and moving more. I have also worked for a mental health charity helping people with lived experience of mental illness to set up peer to peer support groups in their community.   My hobbies include getting outdoors for a walk or a run. In my spare time I am a volunteer run leader and I love supporting people who are new to running, to achieve their running goals. I am passionate about supporting people to make positive changes to manage and improve their health and wellbeing.

Nikki - I joined Lister House Surgery this year after graduating with a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science.   In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym to keep fit, going for walks and studying a PhD in Balance Training. I have been working as a support worker, in the community and care home settings delivering falls prevention exercise classes with older adults. This is an area that I am very passionate about and I want to make a difference by supporting people to improve their overall health and quality of life.

Social Prescribing

Many things can affect your health and wellbeing over time, 1 in 5 GP appointments focus on the wider social aspect of your life rather than acute medical issues such as managing different long term health conditions.

That is where social prescribing can come in and it all starts with a conversation with our Social Prescriber

  • Someone you can to talk to confidentially
  • Someone who is practical and helpful and who will not judge you
  • Someone who can help you decide what you’d like to do to feel healthier or better in yourself
  • Someone who can find you activities that will suit you and, if you want, who can go along with you to them to start with so that you don’t have to go on your own
  • Someone who can advise you on how to arrange appointments with medical services at times that suit you
  • Someone who can give you support along the way.

Our Social Prescriber can link you with many services in our community that may help you, these may include:

Healthy lifestyles & active living

  • Arts, music, outdoor and/or creative classes
  • Befriending, counselling and other support groups
  • Housing, benefits & financial support & advice
  • Employment, training & volunteering
  • Education & learning
  • Getting involved in local groups & activities
  • Accessing specialist services & support that can help.

Brett - I am interested in all things connection both with myself and others. Being more human and connecting through archery, walking, dog walking or climbing and I also enjoy watching good films and drinking copious amounts of tea.


Social Prescriber Patient Feedback

 ‘Since speaking to the Social Prescriber, I have felt less isolated and knowing there has been someone there has been invaluable. I was also very grateful to being introduced to people in the Community as I am new to Derby’

‘It’s been really good to talk to someone, especially during the lockdown’

‘Speaking to the Social Prescriber has helped me get back to normal life and my confidence back’

‘I felt that Social Prescribing has done me a great deal of good, knowing that someone has been there has helped a great deal’

Walking Group – Midday Meander

‘At this moment I find them very beneficial for me, being able to feel relaxed in our little bubble and is something i look forward too. I hate spending evenings on my own especially now nights are drawing in, but it gives me something to look forward too, and its great meeting with these lovely ladies’

‘Yes its good, gets me out the house and I enjoy the company, the walks and I feel nice and relaxed afterwards’

‘Roll on the next one’

‘It’s good getting together with everyone’