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What is Social Prescribing?
The Social Prescribing Network have described Social Prescribing as a ‘means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker - to provide them with a face to face conversation during which they can learn about the possibilities and design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’- so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing.
Social Prescribing East Hertfordshire
East Herts Social Prescribing Service is available to support
residents with social, emotional or practical needs that can
be helped with a range of community providers.
Support can be offered for
- Social isolation and loneliness
- Mild depression/anxiety
- Heathy lifestyle support
- Community groups/social activities
Social prescribing presents the NHS and local authorities with an opportunity to link together services and organisations to help people to make use of existing community services, resources and facilities which can help them manage or overcome social factors that cannot be remedied by medical interventions.