Social prescribing to empower patients to improve their health, safety, wellbeing and happiness through non-medical support.
What is Social Prescribing?
Social Prescribing involves Link Workers working with patients to support and signpost to local community groups, activities and services that may benefit your general health and wellbeing.
At the first appointment, the Link Worker will work closely with you on a 1-1 basis to identify any changes that could be made to improve your health and wellbeing, as well as providing the support you need to make these changes. This may include issues relating to:
- Housing and financial support,
- Employment, training and volunteering,
- Social activities,
- Arts and creative activities,
- Healthy lifestyles and active lives,
- Befriending and other support groups.
With your Link worker, priorities and next steps will be agreed and local services will be identified that can benefit you.
By linking you with services in your local community, you will benefit from:
- Social contact and emotional support,
- Advice and information,
- Support to continue/take up new hobbies and interests,
- Support to improve your general health and wellbeing,
- Reduced isolation and loneliness,
- New friendships.
How do I get involved?
- If you are aged 16 and above,
- A registered patient at Mill Street and want to find out more;
please speak to your GP/Practice Nurse who will discuss whether they feel you would benefit from the Social Prescribing service. All appointments will be held at your GP practice.
The social prescribing programme is free to all patients of Mill Street Medical Centre.
Your link worker will keep in contact with you every few weeks to provide ongoing support, as well as an appointment at the surgery at 3, 6 and 12 months from your first appointment.
Social Prescribing – Connecting people with the local community.