Social prescribing is when health professionals refer patients to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing as part of their overall care. As part of an initiative by our Primary Care Network, we are now not only able to deal with the medical problems but now also able to refer patients to the social prescribing team in our area, helping patients to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving time to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and building trusting relationships with people to create a shared personalised care and support plan, connecting them to local, diverse and culturally appropriate community groups, VCSE organisations and services.
This service engages people to work on their wider health and wellbeing, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, as well as other lifestyle issues such as isolation and low-level mental health concerns by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities.
Already, through the Coronavirus crisis, the Social Prescribing team have offered invaluable support in a wide range or issues and the PCN is committed to this support going forward. If you feel you would benefit from a referral, contact reception or mention this at your next appointment.