What is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing is a national NHS England programme, and 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.
Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:
one or more long-term conditions
need support with their mental health
are lonely or isolated
have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
Southern Brooks, in partnership with DHI, has been commissioned to
deliver support within GP Practices in South Gloucestershire. Our Social Prescribing
Link Workers are based within the Practice, and GPs can refer patients directly
to them. Patients are offered 4-6 one-to-one appointments with their Link
Worker, who will help them to access relevant services, support, and community
NHS England has produced a summary guide to Social Prescribing, which
you can read HERE.
If you would like to be referred to a Social Prescribing Link Worker,
please speak to your GP.
Social Prescribing During Covid
The Social Prescribing Service is continuing to run
remotely throughout the COVID-19 social distancing measures.
The link workers continue to be able to access, sign post
and refer into the necessary services to improve people’s wellbeing.
Social Prescribing was designed to reduce levels of
social isolation, and despite current restrictions we are continuing to do so. Social
distancing measures do not mean that we have to be disconnected and the link
workers are working with people that are struggling through this period.
We have been helping people struggling with their
children during school closure, helping with money and welfare issues,
including helping to secure grants for those in financial hardship, and have gained support for mental health and
well-being from a variety of organisations and community groups.
Now that restrictions are lifting, and the weather is
bright, our link workers are meeting people out in their communities for face
to face conversations in open spaces where social distancing measures can be
We are busy building a portfolio of ‘green’ activities
and community groups that can be joined and enjoyed while adhering to