Kirsteen will support patients to identify the non-medical problems that are impacting negatively on their lives. Recognising many issues cannot be resolved by medication, the Link Worker’s role is to support patients to discover and access other resources and services that can help them within their communities. Community Link Workers are aware of the organisations and services available locally.
The Community Link Worker plays an important role in strengthening the relationship between community projects and GP surgeries and ensuring that the full range of support on offer
is available to patients.” Appointments to see Kirsteen at Southfield Medical Practice can be made by contacting your GP or Practice Nurse. GP’s and the Practice Nurse may refer patients for support for a wide variety of issues such as low mood, anxiety, social isolation, housing, adult learning or financial difficulties.
Kirsteen has already been involved with a number of organisations including Bingham over 50’s, Community renewal and the Forth Sector. Helping to build relationships awareness of these services in the local community.
“Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, my role as a Community Link Worker looks to address people’s needs using community based groups and services. I aim to support individuals to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing and reduce reliance on GP services.”
If you require any further information on the Community Link Worker support service please contact a member of staff at Southfield on 0131 5497340.