Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a Link Worker, to provide them with a face to face conversation, to learn about the possibilities and to design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’.
The aim is to help people with social, emotional or practical needs and empower them to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing, often using services provided by the voluntary and community sector. It is an innovative and growing movement, with the potential to reduce the financial burden on the NHS and particularly on primary care.
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.
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 associations and voluntary and community organisations.
Torrington 100 is mapping what’s going on in our community already, all the social networks, classes and groups, to enable GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to opportunities they might find help improve their wellbeing.