Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is listed as one of the ten high impact actions in the NHS England General Practice Forward View, it is has been identified that approximately 20% of patients will see their GP for what is considered a social problem. It is suggested that the implementation of a Social Prescribing scheme can allow individuals to access non-clinical support in a personalised and flexible manner to promote self-management as well as encouraging collaborative working across the local community, health care setting and the third sector.
Professor Veronica Wilkie talks about the impact of social prescribing

Social prescribing is listed as one of the ten high impact actions in the NHS England General Practice Forward View, it is has been identified that approximately 20% of patients will see their GP for what is considered a social problem. It is suggested that the implementation of a Social Prescribing scheme can allow individuals to access non-clinical support in a personalised and flexible manner to promote self-management as well as encouraging collaborative working across the local community, health care setting and the third sector

Objectives:
  • To assess the patient’s needs, work with them to identify appropriate forms of support, and record their outcomes.
  • To help patients to overcome personal barriers and difficulties such as poor mobility, mental health, isolation, lack of access to transport, or low confidence.
  • To encourage and strengthen links between the local community, GP Practices and statutory service provision available in the locality.
  • To work with service providers to maximize the community resources available to patients in the local community.
  • To build links with existing volunteering/good neighbour schemes/ and community capacity building schemes in the local area in association with Community Brokers, WISH and other developments.
  • To reduce demand on GP Services and A&E admissions. (Particularly those patients considered to be ‘frequent attenders’)