Community is the best medicine!

Learn how harvesting the power of our shared community can help address inequalities

Primary care clinicians are healthcare professionals who have chosen to work outside of hospitals, in the community. This is where 90% of patient contacts with the NHS take place, where the vulnerability to illness develops and where disease happens. Communities are also where people thrive, get by against the odds, help others and live out their lives with colour, excitement, tragedy, happiness, trauma and humanity. Yet many clinicians are not as connected to their communities as they might have once been.

This module is about looking into this more deeply and understanding how the social factors that underpin poor health may be addressed through approaches such as “Asset Based Community Development” and “Social Prescribing”. How clinicians might learn from and help these approaches, become more connected with their communities, effectively advocate for their patients and help implement place based responses to health inequalities.