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Social Prescribers

Provided for people registered to GP practices within  Nottingham West and Mid Notts.

Mansfield and Ashfield 

Newark and Sherwood 

Nottingham West 

It’s is estimated that one in 5 of the people who see their GP are troubled by things that can’t be cured by medical treatment.
Many of these people are overwhelmed and can’t reach out to make the connections that could make a difference to their situation.
It’s estimated that 70% of NHS budget goes towards supporting people with long term health conditions.
Social prescribing is a short term service, with support ranging from 6-12 interventions over a 3 month period.  It aims to address non-medical issues that may be causing or exacerbating long term health problems such as mental health, social isolation or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

What do social prescribing link workers do?

An important element of social prescribing support is for the person and their link worker to co-produce a simple plan or a summary personalised care and support plan, which outlines:
What matters to the person – their priorities, interests, values and motivations.
Gauge the individual’s level of motivation through coaching-type, guided conversations and well-being assessments.
Identify community groups and services the person will be connected to.
Inform the person can expect of community support and services.
Identify what the person can do for themselves, in order to keep well and active.
Discover what assets people already have that they can draw on – family, friends, hobbies, skills and passions.

Who would benefit from being referred to social prescribing?
Social prescribing particularly works for a wide range of people:

• Have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
• High Intensity Service Users (GP and hospitals).
• Poorly managed long-term health conditions.
• Low level of confidence to manage their own health (activation).
• Mild/moderate mental health issues (stress/anxiety/low mood).
• Benefit from coaching to help with behavioural changes.
• Socially isolated/lonely/disconnected.
Look for support, guidance and motivation to make lifestyle changes.