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. They're integral part of local Primary Care Networks.
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 provider of Social Prescribing across seven Primary Care Networks in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Staffordshire Moorlands.