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. 



How can you get access to this service?

- Aged 50 years +

- Registered to an East Herts GP surgery in Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridgeworth or Much Hadham

- Individuals who will benefit from being signposted and given ongoing support by joining local social community groups to interact with other like-minded people.

For us here at Age Concern, Bishop’s Stortford

We have responded by ensuring that our clients’ needs are being met, through the changes made to the choice-based activities that have been made available.  The support workshops we offer have now become an on-going part of what it is we do; which helps to educate and inform.  Our activities program has been reviewed and developed to reflect what it is our clients want to do and designed to promote positive health and well-being.


For further information on Social Prescribing in Hertfordshire visit


NHS Model of Social Prescribing 

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
the following;
- Social isolation and loneliness
- Mild depression/anxiety
- Heathy lifestyle support
- Learning/training/volunteering
- 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.