‘Non-medical’ site gives GPs alternative options

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A SOCIAL enterprise has launched an internet service to link GPs and healthcare workers with providers of complementary, holistic and supportive services.

More than 100 Milton Keynes-based social enterprises, charities and third sector organisations have signed up to GP One Click, as have 10 healthcare bodies.

The concept is the brainchild of Gillon Quinn, who runs community interest company Visual Revolution, at The Buszy, in Elder Gate, Milton Keynes.

Organisations like mental health group Milton Keynes Mind have signed up to GP One Click.

Steve McNay, chief executive, of Milton Keynes Mind, said: “GP One Click provides a simple way for people who may be unaware of our services to get the information they need.

“At a time when funding is being cut, GP One Click offers an efficient way of marketing our services. It is a much needed development and will benefit the community, the health and social care sector as well as social enterprise.”

GP One Click allows the GP or healthcare worker to provide a ‘pastoral prescription’ for patients who are seeking non-medical and holistic ways to help enhance their treatment.

It could also offer services ranging from counselling to job skills training.

Each listed organisation is interviewed and checked by staff with a background in health care and social business before being submitted to the site.

In August Visual Revolution received a grant of £9,888 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop GP One Click.

Visit www.gponeclick.com for more.