What is social prescribing?
Social prescribers work collaboratively with general practices to support patients in a holistic way. They empower patients to take control of their own wellbeing by focusing on their strengths, needs and aspirations. Social prescribers can connect people to community groups and services for practical and emotional support, signpost to relevant services, resources or support groups and support existing community groups and helping patients to start new ones. Social prescribers are able to give patients the time to identify what matters to them.
How can a Social Prescriber benefit me as a patient:
- Support with managing low mood, bereavement and loss
- Carer support
- Diet and/or lifestyle e.g. exercise, sleep, healthy eating etc.
- Self-care and psychoeducation
- Support with managing long-term health conditions
- Support getting into work, volunteering and social activities
- Family and friend relationships and counselling
- Support with financial worries, benefits and housing difficulties
- Loneliness and isolation
- Taking up a new interest or hobby
- Support to access services in the community to tackle loneliness and isolation
Who can refer?
(Please note this varies in different practices)
All surgery staff including:
- Healthcare Assistants
- Reception team
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Care Co-ordinators
- Health and Wellbeing Coaches
- Physicians Associates