Self Care & Social Prescribing (Wakefield) Care Pathway

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Disclaimer: The guidance contains helpful primary care information for management of referrals and up to date referral criteria. These guidelines are locality specific to best reflect local services. This guidance does not override or replace the individual responsibility of healthcare and social care professionals involved in the delivery of care to make informed professional judgements appropriate to the circumstances of the individual.


This guidance refers to:

  • Supporting patients to have the right knowledge, skills and tools to confidently manage their health and wellbeing through self-management and self-care
  • Supporting adults in the Wakefield district to feel healthy, remain independent and address issues of social isolation.
  • Referrals to The Live Well service for people aged 18+ living in the Wakefield District
This guidance does not cover:
  • People who do not live in the Wakefield District
  • People under 18 years of age


Evidence shows that when people are empowered to become more activated in their own care, they benefit from better health outcomes, improved experiences of care, resulting in fewer unplanned care admissions. Self-care is crucial in addressing demand in practices. It can also help with referrals, patient satisfaction and service quality.

When the principle sources of information come from GPs or other trusted health professionals people are much more likely to engage with self-care and self-management. When possible make every contact count through providing brief information that helps people to be engaged in their own care by:

  • Asking open questions
  • Keep advice brief and relevant to the person
  • Signpost the person to the right information and support

Social Prescribing

  • Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Recognising that people's health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people's needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health. For adults living in the Wakefield District social prescribing and self care services are provided by The Live Well Service
The Live Well Service
  • The service is available to all people aged 18+ living in the Wakefield district and offers:
    • 1:1 support with Live Well Advisers and Live Well Volunteers either in their home or a place of their choice.
    • The Expert Patient Programme (EPP)
    • Self-management programmes, workshops and support.
    • Stroke reviews, which will be carried out through the Stroke Review Care Pathway which is already in place with Mid Yorks


Referral Criteria

All adults 18+ living in the Wakefield district who:

  • require support to better manage their long term condition or that of someone they care for
  • have non-medical factors negatively impacting on their health, wellbeing and independence
  • are regular attenders of primary care for non-medical reasons
  • are experiencing mild depression or low level mental health issues
  • require information , advice and support to aid independence
  • are social isolated
  • Require support to manage their long term condition, or that of someone they care for
  • Want to become more involved in the community

Referral Instructions

  • Referral to the live well service should be supported by a completed referral form
  • Self referrals are encouraged and can be made via the contact us page, telephone, email or fax (see details below)
  • Referrals should be sent via:
    • Live Well Wakefield, Agbrigg & Belle Vue Community Centre, Montague Street, Agbrigg, WF1 5BB.
    • Telephone: 01924 255363
    • Fax: 01924 255363
    • Email:

Assurance & Governance

  • This guidance was developed on: 03.2017
  • This guidance was ratified by: The OSCAR Assurance Group
  • Date ratified: 05.2017
  • Publication Date: 05.2017
  • Review Date: 03.2019
  • Ref No: LW6 - 03.2017
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