To: Members of Southend, Castle Point and Rochford CCG’s Patient and Community Reference Group and Practice Managers

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To: Members of Southend, Castle Point and Rochford CCG’s Patient and Community Reference Group and Practice Managers

Dear colleagues,

To help mark Social Prescribing Day we are pleased to be launching our latest case study in our ‘Working Together for Better Lives’ series.

The case study showcases an innovative new local social prescription model known as ‘Dance on Prescription’ that is being trialled in Central Basildon Primary Care Network (PCN) within mid and south Essex. Dance on Prescription showcases the strength of both local collaboration with partners and the huge benefit of social prescribing. The programme focuses on low impact dance moves designed for mobility, mental health and social interaction.

Dance and movement can improve the quality of life for older people, especially those in care homes and those with long-term health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity and osteoporosis. It can also help to address psychological issues as it provides mental stimulation, particularly for dementia patients.

Dance on Prescription is part of a collaborative project involving Mid and South Essex Health and Care PartnershipBasildon Council and Active Essex. It’s part of a wider project called Art for Health, which focuses on dance and movement, as well as bringing people together to improve their health outcomes.

The programme is another fantastic example of how working differently and in collaboration with local partners can hugely benefit the health outcomes of local people. It also demonstrates the immensely valuable benefit that social prescribing brings to our local areas – supporting practices to work together and build social connections between patients and communities.

Further information about this initiative can be found on our website. You can also watch a video about Dance on Prescription to hear more from staff and patients.

We would be really grateful if you could let us know about any opportunities to include this case study in any newsletters, websites, forums etc. If you would like to learn more, or need anything else, please email msepartnership.comms@nhs.net and the team will be able to share further information with you. 

We have also developed a YouTube playlist where we will be regularly uploading new case studies within this series.

Additional information:

You can keep up to date with the latest upcoming projects by visiting our website.

Kind regards,

Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

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