What is Signposting?

Signposting enables the practice reception team to direct patients to the most external services available in the borough (e.g. dental care).

It functions under the assumption that a GP is NOT necessarily the first point of care for all patients, and in some cases GP’s do not have the specialist training or equipment to deal with certain issues such as eye care.

In order to ascertain the most appropriate service the reception team may ask a few questions about the problem first.

Benefits to the practice?

GP’s time could be released to do more of what only they can do, such as spending more time with people with longer term, more complex medical needs and improved staff experience when being able to get patients help often sooner.

“signposting frees up 80 inappropriate GP appointments a week”

-West Wakefield signposting initiative

Benefits to the patient?

Patients are offered a wider selection of relevant services (97% of patients accept suggestions about the most appropriate person to see). Additionally in most cases patients will experience shorter waiting times to get in touch with the appropriate person / team.

What does the ‘Active Signposting’ training cover?

Our Active signposting training has been developed with the support of Kera Consultancy, experts in signposting, and was initially piloted by EQUIP in Tower Hamlets. We customise our training for each Borough, and it typically covers:

    • How to signpost
    • Who to signpost to
    • Tips and techniques for gaining confidence in signposting
    • Troubleshooting and discussion on any worries

To find out more, please click on the relevant borough below:

Barking & Dagenham | Havering | Newham | Redbridge | Tower Hamlets | Waltham Forest

Training/How to video & document links:

How to use the Signposting EMIS Template

SystemOne – How to set up and customise the Tree to use Signposting template

How to use the Joy App for social prescribing – How to use Joy with EMIS

AccuRx: Creating SMS templates and sending SMS with SNOMED codes