What is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs. It is a way of enabling GPs, health and social care professionals, the voluntary sector and other partners such as Job Centres and pharmacies, to refer people to a social prescribing advisor.
The scheme is evolving in Shropshire and is currently available in a number of GP practices and community centres, with plans to roll out across the county.
How does it work?
Individuals are referred to a social prescriber who will work with them to discuss their health and well-being. Together they will come up with a plan of action that refers them to community activities that can make them feel happier and healthier.
Who can benefit? People who are….
- Caring for someone who can’t manage without this help
- Feeling lonely or socially isolated
- Wanting to change their lifestyle e.g. giving up smoking or losing weight
- Living with a Long-Term Health Condition
Take a look at this 20 minute interview, where Social Prescribing in Shropshire is discussed, (external website)
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.