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Self-Help & Wellbeing Centre

Welcome to our self-help & wellbeing centre.  Here you will find both local health information, NHS content and a selection of tools for health checks.

Wellbeing Information

The Wellbeing Team


Tom Crisp
Digital Transformation and Wellbeing Lead

Jennifer Churcher
Social Prescribing Link Worker

Jackie Monckton
Social Prescribing Link Worker

Nicola Orman
Social Prescribing Link Worker

Ziana Azariah
Social Prescribing Link Worker

Rhonda Tubb
Social Prescribing Link Worker

Rhonda is a Social Prescriber working across all sites. Rhonda’s role sees her supporting people with a whole range of difficulties. She also is involved in supporting the Carousel Clinic helping some of our more frail patients, as well as a focus on collaborative practice.

Gina Witcomb
Social Prescribing Link Worker and Lead Care Coordinator

Terrice James
Care Coordinator

Ben Brown
Health and Wellbeing Coach

Natalie Dicks
Health and Wellbeing Coach

As a Health & Wellbeing Coach, I help people to take an active role in looking after and managing their own health and wellbeing. I help people make positive lifestyle changes by supporting them to plan and create manageable steps to reach their health goals, establish healthier habits and increase their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Martine O’Connell
Mental Health Triage Practitioner

Gender: Female

Hi, I’m Martine and I am a Mental Health Triage Practitioner for Dorset Mind, working with the Blackmore Vale Partnership. Anyone seeking support from the surgery with mild to moderate mental health issues will usually receive an appointment with me in the first instance, so that together we can discuss the various options available for you moving forwards.

Jo Carpenter
Mental Health Practitioner

Hayley Maslen
Mental Health Gateway Worker

Ian Winskill
Mental Health Practitioner

Contact us

How to contact:

The Wellbeing Team

Social Prescribers

Social Prescribers are here to listen to you!

We need to know what matters to you and how we can best support you to reach your goal. The Social Prescriber will have that conversation with you and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better and meet your goal or overcome your difficulty.

A Social Prescriber might introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club if you feel this is something that might be right for you. We can also support you by linking you with benefits advice or debt counselling or organising an appointment at the surgery for you with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Social Prescribers can help you find information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on your situation or what local resources available to you, sometimes liaising with them to ensure you reach your goal.

We are involved with all sorts of voluntary and community services and can refer or signpost you to many options that will meet your needs. If we cannot find a service to meet your need then the Social Prescriber could even support you to create something new such as a gardening club, walking group, or book club within the community to benefit others as well.

If you would like to gain a better understanding of what Social Prescribers do, please take a look at these short videos.

Health Coaches

Our Health and Wellbeing coaches work alongside the Social Prescribers providing regular coaching services to support people to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become active participants in their own care so that they can reach their own health and wellbeing goals. They may also provide access to self-management education, peer support and social prescribing.

What is a health and wellbeing coach?

Coaches will support people to self-identify existing issues and encourage proactive prevention of new and existing illnesses. This approach is based on using strong communication and negotiation skills and supports personal choice and positive risk taking.

They will work alongside people to coach and motivate them through multiple sessions, supporting them to identify their needs, set goals, and help them to implement their personalised health and care plan.

We offer that via a series of 45-minute one-to-one coaching sessions to help set and achieve realistic goals relating to improved health and wellbeing.

This can work especially well for those living with a long-term health condition but is available to anyone who feels they may benefit from this service; you don’t need a special referral – just let us know if you think this service would work for you!

Care Coordinators

A Care Coordinator is the first point of contact for supporting GP’s and Nurses with the non-clinical needs of a person’s more complex long-term health condition. Care Coordinators also strive to assure the person is seen by the most appropriate clinician or clinic to achieve the best outcome for them.

We utilise the skills of our Care Coordinators who again work alongside our Social Prescribing colleagues and are often the first point of contact for any health and wellbeing need referral from the GP’s and Nurses. Care Coordinators provide extra time, capacity, and expertise to support patients in preparing for clinical conversations or in following up discussions with primary care professionals. 

Meet our extended healthcare team

The Care Coordinator will work closely with the GPs and other staff within the primary care network (PCN) to identify patients that might needs their support, and will make sure that appropriate support is made available to them and their carers (if appropriate), and ensure that their changing needs are addressed.

Our Care Coordinators also support people to utilise digital health options such as apps and other innovative projects that enable people to self-manage their long term health conditions more closely and independently whilst having the security of a team they can access if they encounter any issues.

Carers Lead

Our Carers Lead helps us to maintain a register of all our patients registered with the Surgery who have a non-paid caring role. We offer our registered Carers an annual wellbeing call where we utilise a team of trained and skilled Health Champions to assist us in this task.

We are therefore quickly able to identify those Carers who need further support and able to address in a proactive manner anything that may otherwise have escalated into a bigger situation.

We have a fantastic offering with regard to a Carers Support group, and regular events for our Carers with opportunities to take time out, seek help, and socialise which our Carers Lead organise and encourage our Carers to attend.

Our Carers Lead liaises with Carers Support Dorset who provide a county wide service specifically relating to the needs of Carers.

This enables us to help Carers seek respite care, benefits, and other offers which they may benefit from.

Children and Young People

Keeping the Kids busy this Summer

We all know that keeping the kids entertained during the school holiday can be hard work, let us help you out with a few ideas of cheap family friendly activities this summer…

Mental Health

Our Mental Health Gateway Workers support those living with emerging low to moderate mental health difficulties.

They provide a listening ear, and signposting advice to what the best service might be for the persons individual and specific needs.

Mental Health Gateway workers have all experienced Mental health difficulties themselves at sometime in their lives and have the compassion as well as skills and experience that enables them to provide a key service and are a valuable part of the Wellbeing Team experience.

Health Champions

Our Health Champions are a group of people who voluntarily give their time to work with staff at their local GP practice to develop new ways to meet the health needs of their local community; champions help meet the non-clinical needs of patients, for example; Isolation, loneliness or learning to live well with a long-term health condition.

As a result this can mean some patients need to see their GP less often.

Champions work with the staff to develop responses to issues that they both feel passionate about and that are a priority to the practice. Examples include;

  • Hosting a peer support group for people with a shared experience. Such as new parents, recently bereaved, carers or those coping with Cancer.
  • Supporting patients to adapt, cope and live well following diagnosis of long-term conditions such as diabetes or COPD.
  • Promoting and supporting practice campaigns such as  covid or flu vaccination clinics or screening programmes.
  • Helping patients navigate both the practice (eg check-in screens, registering for online services, direct access clinics) and services in the wider community.
  • Setting up welcoming social opportunities such as coffee mornings, hobby groups, craft groups or walking.
  • Helping the practice develop different ways of doing things which improve services
  • Helping people understand how best to access and use the services they need.

Most recently we have had examples of how practice teams and champions have worked together to address some of the challenges of Covid-19 including utilising them for friendly check in calls to those who were lonely and isolated, with grocery drop offs for patients isolating at home, sewing masks and scrubs for distribution, running zoom based virtual coffee mornings and singing groups and so much more!

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved!

Wellbeing Prescription

Wellbeing Events

The Global Cafe!

Why not join in with this new venture? The Global Cafe!

A Multicultural group offering friendship, support and free refreshments- Why not join in and make some new friends, learn about others with different cultural backgrounds, maybe meet some new friends with similar heritage, or even learn a new language from other attendees?

Every THURSDAY 10am- 12 noon and 3pm- 6pm at Fathers House in Shaftesbury.

#globalcafe #socialprescribing #multicultural

6 Week Positive Movement Programme for Older Adults

Starting Tuesday 6th June 13:45 – 14:45, held at Shaftsbury Football Club / Sports Bar. Free first taster session then £5 per session.

Carers Week: 5 – 11 June 2023

Did you know its National Carers Week?

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

We have hundreds of unpaid Carers amongst our patients at The Blackmore Vale Partnership, and we want to take this moment to recognise the enormous and valuable contribution they make to those that care for, as well as the Healthcare service. You are all very special people, and we want to make sure we support you in the best way to suit your own situation.

You can find out you about local support groups and services available in your area by contacting our Wellbeing Team here at The Blackmore Vale Partnership. We can support you to find out what Carers rights you have. For example, by arranging a carer’s assessment, you can explore what your needs are and what different types of support are available, from emotional assistance to practical help – such as support with care workers in the home.

If you need support to obtain a Carers Assessment, would like information about or Carers Support group or anything else relating to your Caring role, please get in touch with our Wellbeing Team on 01747 856786.

#CarersWeek #carersupport #wellbeing #SocialPrescribing

Men’s Health Week: 12th – 18th June

Did you know that between the 12th-18th June, the world celebrates Men’s Health Week 2023?

This annual event is organised by the Men’s Health Forum and aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems that disproportionately affect men and encourage them to gain the courage to tackle their issues.

The theme this year is ‘men’s health and the internet’ – which emphasises the impact of technology and social media on mental health.

Did you know…

  • approximately 1-in-8 men have a common mental health problem such as anxiety, stress, or depression? (Mental health Forum)
  • one man in five dies before the age of 65 (Mens Health Forum)
  • in the UK, 3 out of 4 suicides are men? (Mental health forum)
  • 11% of men report having no friends (Mens Health Forum)
  • 8.7% of Men are dependant upon alcohol (Mens Health Forum)
  • suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 (Mental health Forum)
  • 40% of men won’t talk about their mental health with their friends or family (Mens Health Forum)

If you want to find out more about Mens Health, Please visit:

Keep your eye out for the Blackmore Vale Mens Health Roadshow happening later this year!

#MensHealthWeek #MensHealthMatters #menshealthtips #SocialPrescribing

Healthy Steps

Our Healthy Steps programme has launched!

Healthy Steps is a FREE 8-week email programme sent to you and your family which will encourage you to eat better and move more, with budget conscious, easy and practical ideas.

The Wellbeing Team here at the Blackmore Vale Partnership think this is a great scheme for anyone with children between 5-11 years old.

Please go to to sign up, and let us know how your are getting on! We would love to know what activities you have been inspired to try, or recipes you have made and eaten as a family!

Send your photos, stories and comments to [email protected] and let us know if you are happy for us to share them! We might even get some pictures of your Wellbeing Team getting involved!

#SocialPrescribing #healthysteps #familyhealth

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Self-Help Information


Get help from your GP with Klinik! You can submit any medical query, including an appointment request.
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The NHS App

Check symptoms, order repeat prescriptions, view your medical records and more.
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My Planned Care

Gives you advice and support while you wait and helps you to prepare for your hospital consultation, treatment, or surgery.

Self-Care Directory

Useful phone numbers and websites of local services.
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Health Information Videos

Enter the Our Dorset in depth video library for information and advice.

Community Pharmacist Consultation

Improving access to healthcare.

Live Well

Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.
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Health A-Z

Conditions and Treatments‏‏.
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NHS Healthier Together

Expert advice and reassurance for parents and carers about a child or young person.

Steps to Wellbeing

NHS Talking Therapies
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In Times Of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days.

Live Well Dorset

Get access to tools, learn about healthy living, speak to an advisor or coach.

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Age Well

Over 50 carer support, loneliness, foot care, advocacy, volunteer transport, information and advice.
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Charity Websites

Information about national charities.
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Local contraception services.
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Group A Strep

What you need to know.
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Let’s Chat Sexual Health

A confidential text messaging service for 13-19 year-olds.


The Blackmore Vale Partnership is working with MyMHealth to help patients manage their conditions at home, online for free.

Pregnancy Planner

The more you know about your pregnancy and your options, the more you are likely to feel in control.
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Refugee Information

Find local refugee information and how you can become a host for refugees.
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Useful details and numbers.
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Walking For Health

Information regarding walking and rambling in Dorset.
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Winter Health

Cold homes have a significant impact on people’s health. One the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.


Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

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Physiotherapy Self Help

Information regarding Physiotherapy in Dorset.
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Health Checks

Blood Pressure

A blood pressure test is a simple way of checking if your blood pressure is too high or too low.

NHS Health Check

If you’re aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check.

Quit Smoking

No matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting improves your health.

Depression Self-Assessment

This self-assessment will help you assess whether you could be suffering from depression, based on how you’ve been feeling.

BMI Calculator

Use the BMI calculator to find out if you or your child’s weight is healthy.‎

Heart Age

Heart Age Test tells you your heart age compared to your real age.

Drink Less

There’s lots of help out there – use your local alcohol support service.

Weight Loss Guide

The plan, which has been downloaded more than 4 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely – and keep it off.



Information and advice for carers.
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