Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non- clinical services to help improve their health and wellbeing.
Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way and also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Social prescribing connect members of the public aged 18 years or over to non medical community support if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
The patient may then be referred to community and voluntary organisations in Banstead and Mole Valley.
These may include:
A GP or other healthcare professional might recognise that a patient could benefit from some additional support and with the patient’s consent, can then refer the patient to one of our Social Prescribing Advisors.
The Social Prescribing Advisor will then meet with the patient to explore what is important for the patient’s life and wellbeing and look at the factors which are affecting their health. They will identify the local activities or services that the patient could benefit from and support them in starting to use these.
If you are patient interested in using this service, please speak to your GP, nurse or primary care professional.
The project is run in partnership with: