What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Benefits to the patients...

There is emerging evidence that social prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people, such as improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing. Social prescribing is a way of linking patients in primary care with non-medical sources of support within the community. This can include services such as exercise classes, art therapy, and gardening groups.

Potential benefits of social prescribing include:

  1. It can improve patients’ physical and mental health by providing them with the opportunity to participate in activities that promote wellbeing.
  2. It can improve speed and efficiency of care by providing an alternative route for patients with social, emotional, or practical needs.
  3. It can strengthen the connections between patients and their communities, fostering a sense of belonging and increasing social support.
  4. It can also provide patients with the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and engage in activities that they enjoy, which can improve their quality of life.

In September 2022, our social prescribers were able to help our patients by increasing their combined income by £55,000 through support with their benefits applications, council tax disregard applications, Blue badges, Applying their council tact rebate and through grants and payment support.

How Aylesbury Central PCN delivers Social Prescribing...

People can be easily referred to social prescribing link workers from a wide range of local organisations, including; general practice, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. Self-referral is also encouraged.

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