Improving Health’s Social Prescribing Service

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Many things can affect our health and wellbeing; such as lonelinessstress or money problems.  Sometimes it could be the stress of managing different long-term conditions.

Social Prescribing can help. It starts with a conversation, perhaps with a GP or nurse, or another staff member in the GP Practice. They can refer you to a member of our team. We are called Social Prescribing Link Workers.

Social Prescribers are here to listen to you, to put you in touch with the people, organisations and activities that aim to help you to feel better. The service is free and confidential.

Our Social Prescribers may introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club. They might help you find legal advice or debt counselling. They might help you find information and guidance on your situation or what local resources there are in your area.

A Social Prescriber could even support you to join something new such as a gardening club, a yoga class, a social meet up for men, or a knit and natter group.

What is Social prescribing?

Social prescribing can help individuals to have more control over their own health and find ways to improve how they feel in a way that suits them. It is part of the NHS Long-Term Plan for Personalised Care.

Studies show that people get better and feel better faster than those treated with medicine alone.Our Service covers Surgeries located in the South Southwark (London) Network. Referrals are made via your GP surgery. We currently cannot accept self-referrals.

Are you a local community group interested in connecting with our service? Please email us on ih.socialprescribers@nhs.net

Our Social Prescribing Team

We are a team of 9 generalist Social Prescribers and two Back on Track Financial Advisors. We are each situated in GP surgeries in the South Southwark Primary Care Network.