Patient Empowerment Project (PEP)

NHS West Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group has funded a partnership of voluntary organisations, led by the charity BARCA, to deliver a social prescribing service in conjunction with the 38 GP surgeries in West Leeds. Better Leeds Communities, Leeds Mind and Touchstone are formal partners, but many more grass roots organisations and community groups will be part of essential voluntary sector support and delivery.


The main aim is to improve the wider health and wellbeing of patients. The project will improve services for patients by providing GPs with a link to refer patients to local groups and community activities in the voluntary sector. Referred patients will be supported either in a group, or one-to-one to help them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to self-manage their condition. This approach is called ‘social prescribing’. The ambition is to connect up GP clinical treatments with community based solutions to help people to manage their health issues as effectively as possible.  For more information about social prescribing click here 

How it works

GP’s will identify patients who could benefit from the support of the West Leeds PEP. Discussion with the patient will clarify what will work for them and information on the project will be provided. If a referral is agreed, PEP will make contact and meet the patient to discuss how best they may be supported by available services. This might be one to one support or linking to a group or activity. PEP staff will provide personal support for patients to attend their first session and get started in a new group, service or activity

For more information

If you would like to know more about the PEP service please call Barca Leeds on;

T:0113 279 5870 or email