How does Social Prescribing Work?
Social prescribing works by GPs providing patients with links to social, therapeutic and practical support offered by local voluntary and community organisations, rather than simply prescribing more pills.
Achieving goals requires engagement with local groups and activities, the Link Worker will help to find these and support the participant to get involved.
Link Workers support participants through meeting face to face, over the phone or by video call. Support is usually available for up to 12 sessions.
In Boston, Sleaford and Grantham some of our Link Workers are embedded in the Mental Health Transformation Team. In these areas we can support participants with more complex mental health.
Community groups and activities are essential to making social prescribing happen. Link Workers and their LCVS colleagues offer support to community groups.
Link Workers adhere to government guidelines around social distancing and recognise the impact of Covid-19 on participants and community groups.
Your GP may refer you to a social prescribing service in Leeds or you can refer yourself. A social prescribing service could help you, for example: Get support to improve your physical health.
Who Benefits most from Social Prescribing?
- Someone who wants to connect with their community and is actively willing to engage in self-help activities.
- Someone whose medical needs are managed/stable. This includes their physical and mental health.
- Someone who is physically able to engage in activities in their community.
Reasons that someone may find it difficult to connect with their community may include:
- Diagnosed mental health conditions
- Perceived poor mental health
- low confidence/self esteem
- Poor physical health
- Change in circumstances
What is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing links people to groups and activities in their own community as a support to their health and wellbeing.
It is a means of reducing social isolation raising self-esteem, and equipping people for self-care.
Sally no longer feels the need to call the GP Practice so often. She is busy walking her dog, going to her new exercise class, and spending time with new friends from the local coffee morning.
We were asked to contact Sally who despite being offered lots of support in her home was still in regular contact with her GP Practice.
She was anxious about falls and general ill health.
Sally told us that being able to walk her dog really mattered to her, and that being unable to do so made her feel sad and anxious.
Suzanne, our Link Worker, set Sally a few simple strengthening exercises and they began walking the dog together.
As Sally’s confidence grew she started a local exercise class and with Suzanne’s help got a bus pass so that she could use the call connect service to get to her class.
Sally enjoyed the conversation on the bus, and this gave her confidence to attend a local coffee morning.