Attending health and wellbeing events are proving to be a fantastic way for services to increase referrals and make new contacts with healthcare professionals and create new support group contacts.
Recently the Macmillan Active Manchester service were invited to a series of Health
and Wellbeing events including an upper GI support group meeting, a head and neck wellbeing event and a cancer experience forum event. All of these events provided the opportunity to meet people who had been affected by cancer and to increase awareness of the support that is available when the treatment finishes. These meetings resulted in three new referrals, two new clinical nurse specialist contacts and three new cancer support group contacts.
Ambokile Bell, project lead from Active Manchester said,
“The health and wellbeing events provide the perfect opportunity for our service to network with health care professionals, various community services and meet new service users. The sessions are an informal setting to provide advice and support to all on moving more, the event coordinators allowed us to distribute project leaflets and move more resources at the event which has resulted in an increase of self referrals. We have now produced an annual calendar of well being events and allocated project ambassadors who are able to give a powerful message of their journey through the project. ”
The Get Active Feel Good service in Shropshire also attended a Health and Wellbeing day for Sarcoma patients which provided the opportunity to make contact and network with a population who they previously had no contact with.
Kim Davies from Get Active Feel Good Shropshire said,
“At this event Get Active Feel Good was able to give a 20 minute presentation where we discussed getting patients back into various sports and deliver Move More packs, DVDs and marketing leaflets. The event also enabled us to meet new clinical nurse specialists from a different trust and make new contacts with physiotherapists, nutritionists, complementary therapists and other charities. The Boots team were also present to provide referrals and signpost. This event will be an annual event in our calendar and we are looking at attending a regular support group to deliver very brief advice”.