Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable visited the Alvanley Family Practice with Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Hazel Grove Cllr. Lisa Smart to hear about their ground breaking work with social prescriptions, and to talk about the Lib Dem vision for the future of the NHS.
Vince and Lisa spoke to patient champions who lead community activities such as singing and work on an allotment to help patients overcome loneliness and improve their general sense of wellbeing.
Vince commented: “It was great to see the work being done by the Alvanley Family Practice. It’s just good old-fashioned common sense; if you give patients company and help them lead much fuller and more active lives, not only is it good for the patient but it reduces costs for the NHS too. Alongside the Liberal Democrat promise of more money for health and social care, this community based work to prevent people sliding into ill health is the future of the NHS”.
Lisa Smart added “I’m really pleased that Vince was able to hear first hand from the patient champions about the impact these group activities are having on their ability to enjoy life and do things they did not feel capable of a few years earlier. The work being piloted by the Alvanley Family Practice is making such a difference here in Woodley. Vince is right however to reiterate that we need to fund the NHS properly. The Liberal Democrats would do that by putting a penny on the pound of income tax.”
About the Alvanley Family Practice:
The Alvanley Family Practice is led by Dr Mark Gallagher and Dr Jaweeda Idoo, who have both been practicing in Stockport for approximately 18 years. Both are acutely aware that they don’t have medical answers for all their patients’ problems and offering an alternative is essential for the future of general practice.
The Practice has recently won two awards. Firstly, regional winners of Small Employer of the year in the National Apprenticeship awards (40% of their staff are apprentices) which means they now go into the national finals. Kay Keane was also recently awarded Practice Manager of the Year from the National Association of Primary Care, after their movement into Social Prescribing and employment of apprentices was cited as key to the award.