Our Social Prescriber is Helen, one of our Practice Nurses.
Social prescribing empowers people to take more control of their health and wellbeing by connecting them to local community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Social prescribing can help to strengthen personal resilience and reduces health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as loneliness and isolation, physical inactivity or living well with a health condition by increasing people’s connections with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
Actively signpost patients (and, where appropriate, their families and carers) by sharing information about local community support groups/services.
Develop trusting relationships by giving people time to focus on ‘what matters to me’. Take a holistic approach, based on the person’s priorities and the wider determinants of their health.
Where helpful, co-produce personalised support plans to set goals that improve health and wellbeing by introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services.
If you feel you would benefit from this service, please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment with Helen.