We are delighted to introduce our Social Prescribing team from January 2020, supporting our patients and our community.
Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Our Social Prescribers work with people to access local sources of supporting services.
Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focussed on improving mental health and physical well-being. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.
The extent to which we have control over our lives, have good social connections and live in healthy, safe neighbourhoods are all important influences on our health. These community-level determinants are protective of good mental and physical health.