Social Prescribing

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Bredon Hill surgery has a social prescriber joining the team. They will be working with us on a Wednesday every other week.

What is Social Prescribing? 

Social prescribing enables a GP to refer you to a link worker. Link workers give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making or personalized care and support planning.

Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities that are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organizations. Examples include volunteering, art activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice, and a range of sports.

Social prescribing can work for a wide range of people, including people:  with one or more long-term condition(s); who need support with their mental health; who are lonely or isolated; who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

Recognizing that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic, and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

A leaflet with further details is avaliable at reception.