Social Prescribing for Health & Wellbeing
What is Social Prescribing?
At the surgery we can offer you the help of a Social Prescriber, they can help you to explore social activities and services that may help and support you to improve your health, wellbeing, independence and feel empowered.
What services or activities might be able to access?
- Getting involved in local groups and activities and social afternoons
- Befriending, counselling and other support Groups
- Dealing with bereavement, retirement or new baby
- Housing, benefits and financial support and advice
- Help with transport or volunteering
- We will work hard to find the activity or support that works for you.
How could this improve my health?
We know that being active, engaging with others, learning something new and getting involved in the world around you can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
How does it work?
A member of your GP Practice can refer to the Social Prescribing by completing a short referral form. Sarah (our Social Prescriber) will contact you by phone to discuss what you would like to do and what is important to you. Together you will produce a simple support plan which will give you information on local activities and services that are available to you in your local community and how to access them.
The Social Prescriber is:
- Someone to talk to in confidence
- Someone who is practical, helpful and will not judge
- Someone who can support you to make decisions on what you would like to do and what is achievable
- Someone who can find activities that will suit
The Social Prescriber is not:
- Medically trained
- A trained counsellor or therapist
- A home visiting service, befriender or support worker
Social Prescribing Video
Laura was one of the first to benefit from a pioneering social prescribing scheme, which saw her receive tailored support from a social prescribing professional as part of her treatment.
She talks about how Ray, her social prescribing link worker, worked with her to develop an activity plan to help with her depression and anxiety, and describes the impact it has had on her life.
As part of its commitment to personalised care, the NHS Long Term Plan will enable 900,000 people to benefit from social prescribing schemes within the next five years.
Watch the full video here
If you think that the Social Prescriber could help you or someone you know, please give us a call.