Social prescribing enables GPs, Nurses, and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services to support their health and wellbeing.
But who are we and what do we do?
Social prescribing link workers are linked and based within GP surgeries; we work alongside all surgery staff, including GPs, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Care Coordinators, Reception Staff etc.
Having one social prescriber in each GP Practice, we take referrals from GPs and all staff within surgeries, and we will work with patients to support them on a one-to-one basis for "what matters to them".
We cover patients needing a little support with a wide range of practical and social needs including- emotional, mental and physical health, social isolation, housing needs, just for example. We have very good links with external services and the communities enabling us to link patients to the right support by:
Signposting - giving information and encouragement to access services.
Facilitating - giving information and support where necessary to access services.
Referring - into services identified in assessment and by the patient's wishes.
Our main focus is to work with patients, linking them up by signposting and/or referring to services that will support them further with what matters to them and what is identified in assessments, in a person-centred approach.