By Dani Lally
I hope you are all keeping well.
The weather this week has been fabulous and I hope you have all had a chance to feel some sunshine, don’t forget to use your SPF to protect you from the harmful rays!
5 ways to wellbeing: ‘giving back’
Last week I read on @LWSefton that ‘Those who help others are more likely to rate themselves as happy’. This coincides with the 5 ways to wellbeing of ‘Giving Back’. Giving back can be something as simple as having a conversation with a person to brighten their day by asking how they are.
My job as a Social Prescribing Link Worker involves a lot of ‘Giving Back’ and I do this by getting to know a person which comes naturally to me as I am chatty and outgoing. I always make a conscious effort to get to know my patients, internal colleagues and external colleagues and I often say that people are interesting and surprise me in many ways when they tell me interesting stories about their life.
‘Giving back’ inspiration from a GP in my Primary Care Network
Most recently I was in awe when a GP within the Primary Care Network in which I am employed, Seaforth and Litherland PCN told me that in her spare time she is part of a community group that is made up of 3 GP’s and nurses who work in the community and hospital settings. They regularly go out in the local community collecting donations and recently raised £500 and collected 16 bags of food for the food bank.
I think this is a great example of ‘Giving Back’ and shows a great act of kindness as given the current stressors of a pandemic and longer more stressful working hours health professionals are still going above and beyond to provide for those less fortunate. I think this is selfless and admiral.
Furthermore, when I asked this GP if I could talk about it my blog as I think it is AMAZING she said yes but if I keep her anonymous, which shows great modesty! And are traits I would definitely like to develop within myself!
I don’t often talk about the GP’s within my Primary Care Network but I feel this week it was appropriate, I would like to say how hard they work and how they manage a community that faces many difficult challenges whilst providing excellent patient care, ensuring help is available to those who need it by utilising the Social Prescribing pathway so patients can continue to get access to support and ongoing services.
I am proud to be part of the Seaforth and Litherland Primary Care Network and receive continued advice and support from GP’s so I can continue to develop within my role… so I am ‘Giving Back’ my gratitude and thanks this week. Together with the trusted and respected community links that have been created between my employer Sefton CVS and the Living Well Sefton Programme help and support is continually available for myself and those I support. I am grateful for this support as it enables me to fulfill my role to the highest standards. So THANK YOU to all who are involved in my professional development for your time, knowledge and dedication.