What is social prescribing?
There is evidence that social prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing
outcomes for people, such as improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing.
Social prescribing is a holistic, non-clinical and person-centred approach to people’s health and
wellbeing. Social prescribing involves being referred to a link worker who works alongside people to
connect them to community groups, supports and services that matter to them.
For further information - NHS information on social prescribing
Link workers can help with a range of issues including:
- Social isolation
- Emotional wellbeing
- Health lifestyle choices
- Getting out and about
- Life changing events such as moving out, starting University, bereavement
- Long term health conditions
- Loss of confidence/purpose
- Accessing work, training and volunteering
What are the benefits?
- Improved mental and physical health
- Meet new people and feel connected to others
- Learn a new skill or participate in a new activity
- Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
- Better quality of life
- Get involved and connected to your community
- Feeling more in control of managing your own health and wellbeing
Your Social Prescribing Link Worker is
- Someone to talk to confidentially
- Someone who is practical and helpful and who will not judge you
- Someone who can support you to decide what you’d like to do to improve your health, wellbeing and independence
- Someone who supports you to find activities that will suit you and, if you want, who can go along with you to them to start with so that you don’t have to go on your own
- Someone who can give you support and encouragement along the way
Social prescribing can link you with many services in your community to help.
These may include:
- Healthy lifestyles and active lives
- Arts, music, outdoors and creativity
- Befriending, counselling and other support groups
- Housing, benefits and financial support and advice
- Employment, training and volunteering
- Education and learning
- Getting involved in local groups and activities
- Accessing specialist services and support.
What does social prescribing look like?
- Meeting with a link worker for one-to-one appointments at your GP practice, University, community or via phone to help you works towards your goals.
- Your link worker will work with you to:
o Understand more about your feelings and current situation
o Help you identify and develop your individual support needs and goals
o Co-produce a personalised care and support plan based on ‘what matters to me’. This tailored support package will be your ‘social prescription’
o Work alongside you to access support, activities and work towards your individual goals.
o Gain support an encouragement to start using services that can help you.
o Regularly review and check on progress made at the start, middle and end of support