LEIPS (Lambeth Early Intervention and Prevention Services)
The Lambeth Early Intervention and Prevention Service (LEIPS) aims to improve the quality of life for adults aged 18 years and over who are registered with a Lambeth GP.
All referrals into LEIPS are managed centrally by the Single Point of Access (SPA). Referrals should be made by a health care professional via the LEIPS referral form (Word 100Kb). We will aim to contact you within five working days after you've been referred. The LEIPS team will carry out an assessment, after which you may be referred to one of the services below.
Health lifestyle interventions
We provide a range of services to help you:
- change for life – physical activity: become more physically active
- change for life – diet and nutrition: eat more healthily
- healthy heart healthy weight – manage your weight
- self management (expert patient programme and living with diabetes) – manage your long term condition, to improve your quality of life.
Change for life – physical activity
We offer a 12-week programme of physical activity. Clients attend once a week for one hour exercise sessions and are provided with a home exercise plan. Clients to this programme will also have access to health walks in the borough.
Change for life – diet and nutrition
We offer a eight-week group based programme on diet, nutrition and behaviour change. The programme combines healthy eating advice with low intensity physical activity options such as healthy walks and chair based exercise.
Healthy heart healthy weight programme
We offer a 12-week programme of physical activity and healthy eating to support patients who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. The programme includes one weekly group exercise session with a physical activity specialist, and six healthy eating workshops with a food and health advisor.
Self management (expert patient programme and living with diabetes)
The expert patients programme (EPP) is a free self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, back pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. Amongst other things, the course will explore:
- how to manage common symptoms
- action planning and problem solving
- nutrition and exercise
- communication skills
- relaxation techniques
- medication management
- better breathing
- dealing with difficult emotions.
The living with diabetes programme (LwD) is a free self-management course for those living with type two diabetes. It enables people living with diabetes to develop and improve their skills and knowledge to manage their own health. The course is facilitated by fully trained (but not medically qualified) volunteer tutors, who themselves are living with a long-term health condition, and a healthcare professional.
The LwD course is also open to Southwark residents.
Our self management courses will give you new skills to help you to manage your condition and the emotional changes brought about by your condition, it also provides a great opportunity for you to meet other people who share similar experiences. We aim to help you to take more control of your health by learning new skills and techniques to manage your condition better on a daily basis
Each course runs for two-and-a-half-hours a week, for six weeks.
Health improvement nurse
We have a nurse who will support new secondary interventions and will target complex clients. The nurse will also deliver on our self management programmes.
Walking for health scheme
LEIPS is a walking for health scheme. The scheme is made up of a number of regular, short, free walks for local communities. Our walks are led by health improvement facilitators and volunteers. Walking for health walks are aimed at people who need or want to improve their health and wellbeing by becoming more active.
We have opportunities for volunteers to join our team and support the work that we do. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shashi on 020 3049 4141.