Crofton & Sharlston Medical Practice

What is Social Prescribing?

A new NHS system, helping to combat non physical or non clinical issues is coming to Crofton and Sharlston Medical Practice from Weds 6th November 2019. We have a social prescribing link worker joining our practice called Sally Wilkes and she will be here each Wednesday to see patients who she can help and recommend services, workshops or give advice.

Half of GP appointments are for non-physical and non-medical issues such as relationship breakdowns, anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol addiction, so instead of clinicians reaching for their prescription pad and prescribing unnecessary medication, you may decide or it be suggested to you that you see a SOCIAL PRESCRIBER for positive health and well-being outcomes. 

You can refer yourself to the link worker by clicking here to access the online self referral or by phoning  01924 255363.

This holistic approach enables social prescribers to ‘prescribe’ emotional well-being, as well as provide practical assistance to help deal with the issues that are affecting health, through techniques such as motivational interviewing, health coaching and enabling stronger connections with the local community. 

Social prescribing can include referrals to tackle loneliness, reduce blood pressure and improve mental health as an alternative to taking medication.  Social Prescribers also provide a listening ear and practical support to help you deal with a range of crises and improve your emotional well-being. 

This ‘personalised care’ will encourage and empower patients to take greater control of their health, and will help them recognise their inner strength to remove the perceived barriers in making a positive behaviour change. 

Why not attend an educational workshop on a range of well-being topics