vSPA (Voluntary Single Point of Access)
Southern Derbyshire GP’s and Care Co-ordinators are using the experience of local CVS organisations in Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire to identify voluntary sector organisations that can offer a service or social activity to patients who need a bit more than “just what the doctor ordered”.
A referral process is in place from GPs to a dedicated worker in each local CVS. In Amber Valley, the vSPA Worker is Janet Wignall and she will make a home visit to learn what would help you and from that suggest a range of solutions using voluntary sector organisations, from lunch clubs to Befriending, home library service or talking newspapers.
As well as linking people to local services and activities, vSPA is also feeding back where more capacity is needed in the voluntary sector to continue and expand the work of the sector.