9.72 Social Commissioning of 10 Week Mindfulness Meditation Courses from SECTCo

SECTCo brochure for commissioners                 20.3. 14
By John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd hove BN3 4LE, 01273 417997,

Mission of SECTCo
‘Give a man pills and you mask his symptoms for a day.
Teach him mindfulness meditation and he can heal himself for life.’         (Misquoting Ghandi)

1 Summary of what SECTCo offers - Send us your heartsink patients!
The Social Enterprise Complementary Therapy Company (SECTCo) was created on 4.5.10 as a patient-centred Any Qualified Provider (AQP) of NICE-recommended complementary therapies in the city of Brighton and Hove.

SECTCo offers commissioners a new way of outcome-based contracting by which the provider has an incentive to heal and cure patients, and pass the friends and family test. You can now socially commission therapeutic courses, such as the NICE-recommended Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8 week course, to which patients have a statutory right under the NHS constitution if their doctor says they are clinically appropriate.

These Service Level Agreement contracts are paid by results, and empower GPs and A&E doctors to socially prescribe these courses as easily as Prozac, by voucher prescription. Patients can cash them for courses at venues such as surgeries, pharmacies and public sector offices.

As there are no known contra-indications, our courses can be safely prescribed to virtually any patient, enabling doctors to send us their heartsink patients, thereby breaking their habit of coming back, clogging the system, and causing the current crisis in general practice and A&E.

We offer contracts on any scale, from pilots in a GP surgery, public sector office, to a city–wide £ multi million service. Patients referred to us would get up to 9 hours per day for 10 weeks (90 hours) of improved social support, and learn how to self-manage their condition.

The outcome for patients is increased wellbeing. The outcome for GPs is reduced attendance and prescribing costs. Another organisation offering similar courses is Pathways2Wellbeing in Hitchin, Hertfordshire ( in) who report 383 hours pa increased GP capacity, and savings of £4,500 per patient referred to them.(1)

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