Social prescribing is a service provided by GP surgeries and is a way in which patients can be supported to access local, non-medical activities, opportunities and support that can improve health and help patients ‘live life to the full’.
These activities, opportunities and support are typically provided by locally based, voluntary and community sector organisations.
Whether you need help at home, want to discover more about local activities, support services, or even become a volunteer they can help you. The aim of the social prescriber is to support you to live as independently as possible.
Patients are offered an initial appointment at the surgery with a Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW), who will discuss the patients needs and devise an action plan with them. Some patients only require one session, however an SPLW can offer up to 12 sessions, most of which would take place away from the surgery.
Social Prescribing Link Workers work with a variety of patients, including:
- Those with one or more long term conditions
- Those who need mental health support
- Those who are or at risk of becoming lonely or isolated
- Complex social needs which affect their well-being
Patients who wish to access the Social Prescribing Service can do so by speaking to the surgery staff who will arrange an appointment for you.
Meet Elmwood Family Doctor’s Social Prescriber……
Jennifer Strickland – Community Plus