Social Prescribing

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Improving wellbeing by connecting to non-clinical services

Social prescribers are part of a national programme which connects patients to a range of services locally, giving greater choice and control over their health and wellbeing.

There are five social prescribers working with the practices including GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals and connect people to local non-clinical services. This includes services provided by local agencies and voluntary groups.

An important element of the work of each social prescriber is the conversations they have with patients making them feel supported and to build confidence. By giving patients time, they work with them to discover what services will best suit their needs.

The service is for people with one or more long-term health condition; who frequently attend primary care or secondary care; who have or are shielding during the pandemic and are lonely or isolated, and patients with complex social needs. The service offers appointments for anyone 13+.

Patients can get in touch with a social prescriber through their GP practice, who will book an appointment on their behalf. Also find out more from our leaflet on Social Prescription.

The Castleman Directory contains a large number of contact details for local services.