Social prescribing

Social prescribing

Social prescribing is a key component of Universal Personalised Care.

Social prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Link workers also support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:

with one or more long-term conditions
who need support with their mental health
who are lonely or isolated
who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

When social prescribing works well, people can be easily referred to link workers from a wide range of local agencies, including general practice, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

Self-referral is also encouraged.  We want to inform you that we have a lively Twitter account, sharing local and national initiatives, research, and all things #socialprescribing #connectedcommunities #loneliness and #isolation. We also integrate tweets on #mentalillhealth #digitalcommunities #ruralconnections #arts #dementia ….and more ). Please follow us @ConnectCommune to receive tweets and share information.

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SAVS
rsavage@savs-southend.co.uk