Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing is being implemented across Shropshire. This is a means where GPs, Nurses and others working in healthcare services refer people into non-clinical services which can support their emotional health and wellbeing.

People with a ‘prescription’ are referred to a link worker who will provide support in enabling someone to access to a range of non-clinical support services delivered in the local community, usually by the VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) sector.

Social prescribing can help many people in our communities, including the the socially isolated or the vulnerable, which can also help to reduce pressure on services as people feel more emotionally supported and able to cope.

There is a need to create a local model that builds on (and does not duplicate) existing Shropshire initiatives, such as care co-ordination, compassionate communities, and locality commissioning, and which provides support for the third sector in a climate of financial austerity.

Is this in my area yet?

This is a new model for Shropshire, and will be rolled out across the county in stages. A pilot started in April 2017 in Oswestry and referrals are already in place. The next area will be Shrewsbury. It is important that this is done well, and learning takes place around what is working effectively, and what may need improving.

How do I find out more?

Shropshire is the Social Prescribing lead area in the Midlands. A conference was held on the 27th April 2017 in Derby. Click here for more details on the Network page.