In partnership with North Staffordshire GP Federation, we provide a Social Prescribing Link Worker to work with people over the age of 18 in the local community. 

Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses, and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of non-clinical services. 

Social Prescribing helps people to:  

  • Adjust their lifestyle, i.e., weight loss/ stop smoking/more exercise
  • Look after themselves when they are not eligible for social care
  • Manage their symptoms, i.e., finding support groups. 
  • Find work/volunteering support 
  • With money/finances/debt
  • If they have issues with accommodation due to changing needs.
  • Gain new networks and friends 
  • To feel positive about their lives

 Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people: 

  • with one or more long-term conditions
  • who need support with their mental health
  • who are lonely or isolated
  • who have complex social needs that can affect their wellbeing

A Link Worker is someone

Who will listen, support, and explore ‘what matters to you. They take a holistic approach to someone’s health and wellbeing.

They connect people to community groups, statutory services for practical and emotional support, and help to create a personal plan to support someone’s needs.  

A Link Worker can provide support, information, and signpost within the local community by linking in with voluntary, community sector organisations and other agencies. 

A Social prescribing link worker will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary teams in Primary Care Networks 

To access Social Prescribing

For further information, speak to your GP who can complete a referral to the Social Prescribing Link Worker. 

You will be contacted to arrange a convenient time and place to meet.