GP Services have a particularly powerful role to play in the health of our communities. However, we are acutely aware of the fact we only have the ability to affect certain aspects. Patients’ financial stability, housing, educational and job opportunities, family support networks and other social care arrangements all have important influences in their lives.
We believe that working with Social Enterprises allows us a route into delivering a more holistic and cohesive model of care. Examples include our work with the following organisations:
- Turning Point – we are about to start a new service in Westminster to provide a GP Service visiting Homeless Hostels in Westminster, where there are particularly large numbers of patients struggling with substance misuse issues. We are also working towards developing other projects with Turning Point.
- Foodbank -– Hurley Group is an established distributor of Foodbank vouchers. Foodbank is a store where food donated by the community is banked and can be drawn on by people in crisis. It provides free emergency food for three days, which is the period assessed as the minimum time it takes for statutory services to assist.
- Kairos Community Trust is a south London-based charity providing care for the homeless and addicted through services ranging from detox to rehab and supported housing. The Hurley Group provides GP services to its CQC-registered community detox hostel in Linden Grove, SE15.
- Apprenticeships – City Gateway: In July 2010, the Hurley Group partnered with City Gateway Apprenticeship Scheme. City Gateway is a charity dedicated to bringing hope to the local communities of Tower Hamlets that haven’t benefited from the area’s wider economic development. The Apprenticeships are courses for disengaged 16-24 year olds, which help prepare them for successful careers. They gain on the job experience while to receiving professional training towards a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Customer Service, IT & Business Admin, and Sport as well as a number of other key skills qualifications.
– Spearhead: We are working with Spearhead who specialise in helping talented young people from different backgrounds find suitable employment. We currently have two successful ‘Spear Graduates’ working with the Hurley Group. In addition to helping with the training programme they provide, we also assist in helping them find work by taking part in mock interview sessions.
Education Links Project
Education Links Project was developed by Dr Clare Gerada and remains based at the Hurley Clinic site in Kennington. The Hurley Group employs six school teachers who deliver the health education programme for primary and secondary schools in Lambeth. This innovative programme involves taking clinicians volunteering their time from the Hurley into schools every week to demystify health-related issues for children. It has been widely acclaimed as an inspirational model for the delivery of health education to schools.