Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to non-clinical community services which are often run by a local council or charity. It takes into account people’s social, economic and environmental status in order to determine a holistic method to support them via a link worker. Through partnering with a link worker, people can focus on what really matters to them as an individual, while also becoming connected with community groups that provide practical and emotional support.
Social prescribing works for many people, in particular those with long-term health conditions, who feel isolated or who need support with their mental health. People with complex social needs can also benefit from social prescribing due to the positive effect it can have on their wellbeing.
To find out more about social prescribing, head to the NHS website.