Social Prescribing is a way for GP Practices to refer patients with social, emotional, or practical needs to a wider range of non-clinical and local services to support their patients. There is no defined list of who can benefit from Social Prescribing, but recent Social Prescribing pilots have benefited patients with the following: mental health problems, long term health conditions, social isolation, untreatable or poorly understood long term health conditions e.g., chronic fatigue.
Services offered include health and lifestyle advice, money management including debt and benefit advice, guidance towards social and leisure groups, help with housing and independent living, and also just a listening ear.
The benefits of social prescribing include a reduced pressure on GP appointments, which enables clinicians to focus on medical issues, a wider range of services offered, a more holistic care package and therefore a better outcome for patients.
We are now able to refer you to a Link Worker for our local Social Prescribing Service, Let’s Connect. The Link Worker will work with you to discuss what problems you are currently facing, explore what is important to you, agree your goals, source appropriate local activities and services and help you access them.
Taking the first step can make a big difference – if you feel you would benefit from a referral to Let’s Connect, please ask your GP during your next appointment, or ask reception for a self-referral card.
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