Chief Operating Officer of NHS England, Sir David Sloman, recently visited Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust at Vicarage Road Stadium.
It was a chance for the trust to showcase the work being done to help local people’s physical and mental health, and wellbeing.
They presented a selection of projects which highlight the collaboration between the community, the trust, and statutory healthcare. They also discussed the trust’s social prescribing work.
Two of these projects included Golden Memories, a programme for people with mild to moderate dementia and Youth Link a social prescribing service connecting children and young people with relevant non-clinical provisions.
Chief Executive for Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board, Dr Jane Halpin also attended.
Head of Health and Wellbeing at the trust, Jason White, said: “We’re proud of our health and wellbeing projects and activities at the trust, as well as the invaluable partnerships we have formed; it’s great to see that being recognised.”
It was part of a wider visit facilitated by West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and London Community Healthcare NHS Trust to highlight the services offered by the NHS’ virtual hospital model.
Dr Halpin said: “We were pleased to be able to bring together health and social care leaders from across Hertfordshire and West Essex to meet Sir David and discuss plans for dealing with the pressures we will face this winter. He heard about some really innovative partnership work, as well as finding out about the challenges we face and the support we need.”