Social prescribers and social prescribing link workers help patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. This can include activities such as art, gardening, leisure activities and singing classes.
A Social prescriber gives people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing.
Watch the animation which explains the role of a Social prescriber within the primary care team.
Social prescribing is a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community. It provides GPs with a non-medical referral option that can operate alongside existing treatments to improve health and wellbeing. Find out more about becoming a Social prescriber »
Social prescribing link workers give people time to focus on what matters to them 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.
A GP supervises the work of a Social prescribing link worker. They will meet you regularly, provide line management, address any issues or concerns and help you to succeed in the role. Read more about the peer support that is available »
Find out more about the social prescribing schemes and initiatives in primary care.
For social prescribing to work successfully, link workers need suitable support and training. Find out more about the training and development opportunities for social prescribing link workers in primary care.
Access a range of useful resources about social prescribing. Find out more about the role of a social prescribing link worker and read information about what a good social prescribing scheme looks like. Read more »