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Social Prescribing supports you to take control of your own health by connecting you to support within the community. It is a new initiative introduced by the NHS England as part of their long term plan to improve personalised care.
Social Prescribing involves meeting with professionally trained Link Workers, who give individual time to focus on ‘what matters to you’ and take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. This could include supporting with things like managing stress, loneliness, finding social groups, learning new skills, physical activity or getting information on employment, benefits, housing and legal advice.
Link Workers are based within GP practices and can spend up to 45 minutes on individual consultations. During consultations, Link Workers will:
· Explore what is important to you and your current wellbeing
· Identify the local activities or services that you might benefit from
· Support and encourage you to start using services that can help them
· Provide ongoing support and motivation through follow up appointments
Social Prescribing is designed to support in ‘non-medical’ ways, providing practical support that can make a real impact on your health and wellbeing.