Shared Lives Christmas party

Shared Lives households, staff and prospective Shared Lives carers met together for a Christmas celebration last week.

The fun evening included Mulled wine, live music from The Simpsons, the infamous Shared Lives raffle and a buffet (provided by Lily and Lime).

Shared Lives carers welcome adults form the community into their own homes. They share their home life and community activities and receive a fee for the support they provide. If you know of anyone with a spare room and some spare time who would like to help someone who needs a bit of extra support then please get them to contact the Shared Lives team on 023 9261 6700


Social Prescribing Portsmouth launch

Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker – to provide them with a face to face conversation during which they can learn about the possibilities and design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’- so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing.

The Social Prescribing Portsmouth team can help in three ways

  • By giving people time to explore and define what is important for their wellbeing, helping to identify issues they would like to address
  • Walk alongside people to access services, activities and resources of community support
  • Plan for challenges and build resilience

What people say

“I just wanted to say since our first meeting I’ve felt better about my situation. I feel like a person and not a patient for the first time in my life I don’t feel my fibro is controlling me and rather the other way around and I’m living my life, so thank you”

“I wish this service had been around a long time ago”

How to access the Service

People over 18 who are living in the PO1-PO6 postcodes can be referred to the Social Prescribing Service by anyone within a GP Practice, including reception staff, as well as NHS Solent Teams. The Service also works with specific departments at QA Hospital.

Once a referral has been made, a member of the Social Prescribing team will get in touch within two days to discuss the situation and goals.

Contact Us

Please email

Phone 023 9206 5504

We look forward to hearing from you.

Portsmouth Learning Disabilities Partnership Board re-launch

Portsmouth Learning Disabilities Partnership Board re-launch

The Portsmouth Learning Disabilities Partnership Board is being re-launched next week. The Board will bring together anyone with an interest in improving services for adults with Learning Disabilities: service users, parents, carers, providers, professionals and commissioners. Board meetings will give service users a greater voice and help identify any unmet needs.

The meeting is on Monday 19th November, 10.00am – 12.30pm in the Menuhin Room, 3rd floor Central library, followed by a buffet lunch. for details


Shared Lives event

Shared Lives event on Thursday 29 November

On Thursday 29 November at 3.30pm -5.30pm the Portsmouth Shared Lives team will be holding an event at Southsea Library. This will be an opportunity to ask any questions that you have about Shared Lives. There will also be a chance to speak to existing Shared Lives carers.

If you would like to find out more about Shared Lives before the event, you can learn more here.

Patients welcome new extended access scheme for Portsmouth

Patients have welcomed a new integrated 24/7 primary care service to improve patient care and access to services across Portsmouth.

The scheme, which offers patients registered with a city GP an improved choice of out-of-hours care, was used 2,968 patients in September – almost exactly the 3,000 people a month that were expected to use it before its launch on June 29.

NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys a range of health services, commissioned the Integrated Primary Care Service (IPCS) from the Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance (PPCA), which represents GP practices.

In a pioneering new-look approach, patients can not only access routine appointments in-hours at their own GP surgeries as they did previously, but now also make weekday evening and Saturday appointments at a GP hub at Lake Road Health Centre, in central Portsmouth.

As well as additional routine appointments the service offers urgent same-day appointments every day from 6.30am to10pm, 365 days a year.

It has linked three services for people needing urgent out-of-hospital care. These are the:

* Acute Visiting Service (AVS) – a home visiting service for all Portsmouth GP registered patients needing urgent but non-emergency care
* The extended access service – to provide routine medical provision from Mondays to Saturdays to registered patients outside of core hours until 8pm, and urgent, same-day appointments until 10pm every day
* and Out-of-Hours provision – accessed through the NHS 111 service, with GP care provided overnight from 6.30pm to 8am.

Feedback has been extremely positive. The patient survey shows that more than 91% of patients who completed the survey in September agreed that that they received a ball back quickly. Some 6% were uncertain, and 2.5% disagreed.

Some 76% said they were seen quickly after arriving for their appointment. 13% were unsure and nearly 11% disagreed.

Also 99% of patients said the staff were helpful and courteous. 1% were uncertain.

Importantly around 95% of patients were happy with the outcome of their consultation, compared to nearly 1.5% who were not. Nearly 3% of patients were unsure.

Dr Linda Collie, the CCG’s clinical lead, said: “The scheme has not had long enough to settle down for us to come to any major conclusions, but the early signs are encouraging.

“We have had the number of contacts we were expecting and very importantly for us, the number of face-to-face contacts required by the patients has not been as high as we thought it might be because more issues were resolved to a patient’s satisfaction over the phone.

“This means that GPs then have more time to deal with the next patient. This is crucial at a time when there is such huge pressure on our GP practices because of the increasing demand for their services.”

Dr Rumi Chhapia, the Clinical Director for the service, said: “We are pleased with the development of this service to date, and with the positive impact it is having on people living in Portsmouth.

“By having access to the patient notes in the GP practice as well, we are able to ensure good decision-making, based on what individual patients need.”

NHS 70th Birthday Celebrations

Join the Lord Mayor, health staff and children from across the city on Thursday 5 July to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The council and Portsmouth CCG are hosting an event in Guildhall Square to celebrate the NHS.

From 10.30am until 2pm there will be expert advice and interactive facilities about all things health, including smoking, alcohol, weight, mental wellbeing, tooth cleaning and oral health, and life-saving. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out more about the Lord Mayor’s Small Changes Big Difference campaign.

Find out more here.

Shared Lives Picnic!

As part of Shared Lives week 2018, the Portsmouth Shared Lives Team will be taking part in the Great Shared Lives Picnic. Come along and learn more about being a Shared Lives carer!

Find out more here.

Free water on tap!

To help reduce the amount of plastic we bin, and to make it easier and cheaper to stay hydrated, you can fill a water bottle up for free at about 60 cafes, shops and other places in the city. Plus, five refill stations along the seafront should all be in place later this summer.

Go to for more information and to download the Refill app, so you can find businesses that allow you to fill your bottle up.

Dementia Friendly Screening

It’s Dementia Action Week this week – The King’s Theatre will be hosting a special dementia friendly screening of Singing in the Rain on Thursday 24 May! Find out more here. 

Portsmouth Autism Community Forum

The first meeting of the Portsmouth Autism Community Forum will be held on 18 May.

It will be a place where people with autism, their families and carers can meet with service providers such as the council, health services and support groups.

We want your views and for you to have your say to make services in Portsmouth better.

Find out more here.