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Patient Empowerment Project Leeds

Patient Empowerment Project (PEP) Leeds is a new social prescribing service in the West Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group area to help people take control of their health and well-being.

PEP opens up a world of possibilities for people to improve and maintain their health and well being. The project will support people to access groups, services, and resources to help them achieve a better life.

The PEP project is being led by four partners:

  • Barca-Leeds
  • Better Leeds Communities
  • Leeds Mind and
  • Touchstone

Nine new members of staff will start work in November. PEP will be promoted to GPs and a series of events are planned to introduce the project to the voluntary sector.

How will PEP work?

Referrals come either from GP practices or self-referrals. The PEP team aims to support people to achieve their goals.

Several agencies already have social prescribing services in some areas of west Leeds and PEP will seek to work alongside these established projects. There are lots of community activities and groups provided by the voluntary sector and PEP will link up with these to support individuals. PEP will also be able to spot gaps and inform commissioners where new services could be provided to meet the needs of the community.

Activities could involve joining an arts/craft or friendship group, finding a suitable physical activity, trying volunteering or setting up a peer support group. PEP can also help people balance their social life by supporting parenting issues and referring to an appropriate agency for advice about housing/benefit problems.

Contact PEP on 0113 279 5870, email:

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