What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses, and other primary care professionals to refer people to local, non-medical services. 

We provide a Link Worker to support people over the age of 18 in the local community. 

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

A Link Worker provides support, information, and signpost tyo voluntary, community sector organisations, and other agencies.  

A Social prescribing link worker is an integral part of local Primary Care Networks.  

My role as a Social Prescribing Link Worker

We think it’s important for you to get to know the people in the Social Prescribing team. We spoke to Social Prescribing Link Worker, Tim Davies to give an overview of his role.

‘Being a Social Prescriber at Brighter Futures gives people hope that there is a way forward through their challenging situation’

To access Social Prescribing:  

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

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

Brighter Futures is a leading provider of Social Prescribing across seven Primary Care Networks in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Staffordshire Moorlands. 

NHS Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is a key component of Universal Personalised Care.

Social prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ 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.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/