Social prescribing in Shropshire
What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing is designed to help people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs. It's a way of enabling GPs, health and social care practitioners, the voluntary sector and other partners such as job centres and pharmacies to refer people to a link worker. In Shropshire these link workers are called social prescribing advisors.
Social prescribing uses a person-centred, preventative approach by intervening early, before problems start to escalate. People referred have the space to talk one to one with a social prescribing advisor and come up with a plan of action together, to help resolve health and wellbeing concerns and help put the person back in charge of their life.
Connecting people back to a service or activity in their community is key to social prescribing, and this comes through linking people to local voluntary and community-based groups or activities.
The scheme is evolving in Shropshire, and is currently available in a number of GP practices:
- Plas Ffynnon Medical Centre
- The Caxton Surgery
- Cambrian Medical Centre
- Churchmere Medical Group
- Albrighton Medical Practice
- Bishops Castle Medical Practice
- Claremont Bank Surgery
- Marden Medical Practice
- Radbrook Green Surgery
- Severn Fields Medical Practice
- Bridgnorth Medical Practice
Who could benefit from social prescribing?
People who are:
- Caring for someone who could not manage without this help
- Feeling lonely or socially isolated
- Wanting to change their lifestyle eg give up smoking or lose weight
- Living with a long-term health condition
How does social prescribing work?
The Shropshire scheme has three key components:
- A referral from a healthcare practitioner, or other authorised practitioner to an advisor
- A personal consultation with the advisor, allowing people to discuss their concerns
- An agreed referral to local voluntary and community-based groups or activities
Plans are in place to roll out social prescribing more widely across the county, and information will be updated accordingly on this page.
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