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.