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Introducing Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that links patients to non-medical support within the community. Governed by the National Health Service (NHS), it acknowledges that health is influenced by a range of social, economic, and environmental factors. Social Prescribing allows healthcare professionals to refer patients to community-based services, empowering them to take control of their health and wellbeing.

How Does Social Prescribing Work?

Typically, Social Prescribing is facilitated by a "Link Worker". After an initial referral from a GP or another healthcare professional, the Link Worker meets with the patient to discuss their needs and aspirations. Together, they create a tailored plan that can include activities such as joining a local gym, attending art classes, volunteering, or participating in support groups. These activities aim to improve mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

Benefits of Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing has shown significant positive outcomes for those involved. Patients often report improved mood, reduced anxiety, and a greater sense of purpose. It can also lessen the need for frequent GP visits or medication, thereby alleviating pressure on the NHS. By addressing social issues such as loneliness, financial troubles, and lack of exercise, Social Prescribing fosters a more inclusive and healthier community.

Who Can Benefit from Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing is valuable for anyone experiencing a range of conditions that may be related to social factors. It is particularly beneficial for individuals who feel isolated, stressed, or suffer from chronic conditions. Elderly individuals, people with long-term health conditions, caregivers, and those experiencing mental health challenges can greatly benefit from this approach.

How to Get Started with Social Prescribing

If you believe you or someone you know could benefit from Social Prescribing, the first step is to speak to a GP or healthcare professional. They can make a referral to a Link Worker, who will help explore the best options available. Additionally, many community organisations offer resources and information on Social Prescribing initiatives.


Social Prescribing is revolutionising the way we perceive and address health and wellbeing in the United Kingdom. By focusing on the social determinants of health and offering personalised, community-based support, it provides a comprehensive approach that empowers individuals and fosters healthier communities. Speak to your GP or local healthcare provider to explore the possibilities Social Prescribing can offer you or your loved ones.
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