Advice in GP Surgeries
Derbyshire Districts CAB offers a weekly, comprehensive, free advice service in GP surgeries across Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash and the High Peak. This service is funded from Derbyshire County Council’s Public Health budget and supported by the local surgeries.
To arrange to see an adviser at your surgery, contact reception at your local GP practice and ask to see a CAB adviser. They will schedule an appointment for you.
Help is available across a wide range of issues, including benefits, debts, housing, employment, immigration, relationship breakdown and more.
According to Julie Hirst - Public Health Specialist:
By placing CAB advisors in GP surgeries, we can help doctors to help patients with social and financial problems that could impair their health if they are not addressed. It is an 'upstream' intervention, designed to prevent people from becoming ill due to social problems. The service has been available in Derbyshire since 1995 (one practice) and is now available in 94 out of the 102 GP practices in Derbyshire County. It is popular with patients, GPs and the rest of the primary health care team. The service secures millions of pounds of extra money for Derbyshire families every year and helps them to manage millions of pounds of debt. Research by the University of Sheffield shows that this service is very likely to improve the health of the people receiving CAB advice and it is considered good value for money by the local NHS and Derbyshire County Council.
More information on the project countywide, can be found at www.healthyadvice.org.uk