Social Prescribing

 

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You may have seen news reports about Social Prescribing in the media recently.

The practice, known as ‘social prescribing’, has been shown to improve patients’ quality of life, health and wellbeing by treating them holistically, recognising that health is affected by a range of social, economic and environmental factors.

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience, and reduces health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. Social Prescribing particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.          

Meet the Team

  • Keith Harrison - Social Prescribing & Wellbeing Lead
  • Debbie – Social Prescriber and Carers Lead (Shaftesbury)
  • Jennifer – Social Prescriber (Sturminster Newton)
  • Liz – Social Prescriber (Gillingham)