What is Social Prescribing?
Many things can affect your health and wellbeing; you may be feeling isolated, lonely, or anxious, or want to meet people at a community group or start a hobby. As a Social Prescriber I may be able to help you.
Social Prescriber s work together with patients to focus on what matters to them. I connect people to community groups, agencies and charities for support, advice, and companionship.
Social Prescribing is part of the NHS long-term plan to make personalised care prevalent across the health and care system. Personalised care means people have options over the way their care is delivered based on what matters to them and their individual needs.
This represents a new relationship between patients, professionals and the health and the care system. It provides a positive shift in power and decision making that enables patients (you), to feel informed, have a voice and be connected to your community.
What support could be offered?
As a Social Prescriber I can help with:
- Loneliness/social isolation
• Helping promote healthy lifestyle choices
• Mobility/balance-reducing trips and falls
• Getting out and about
• Meeting others
• Emotional wellbeing
• Bereavement support
• Supporting other life changing events (i.e. moving house, retirement, births)
• Getting back to or accessing work
• Volunteering opportunities
• Help with housing or housing conditions
• Learning new skills/finding new hobbies
• Accessing music, arts, crafts, gardening and many other groups
How could you benefit from Social Prescribing?
• Increase in confidence and self-esteem
• Reduce loneliness/social isolation
• Meet new people
• Gain a sense of belonging
• Improved mental health
• Gain independence
• Get involved in your local community
• Learn a new skill/find a new hobby
• Improve physical health
• Improved quality of life
• be able to feel more confident when out and about
How it works
As a Social Prescriber I can arrange to meet you in your own home, in a common place like a local coffee shop or at your own GP Surgery. The meeting will be confidential, non-judgmental, and casual. Together we will discuss your interests and what is important to your life and wellbeing and which activities, services and/or charities along with other services may benefit you. As a Social Prescriber will continue to support and encourage you along the way, possibly including attending introductory groups so you don’t have to take the first steps on your own.
*Please note due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic face to face services may be temporarily unavailable, however I can still offer support on the telephone or via a video consultation*
Who is my local Social Prescriber ?
Deborah Coleman works at:
Elm Tree Surgery Shrivenham
Ridgeway View Family practice
Station House Surgery
Victoria Cross Surgery
I split my time between our surgeries. This service is free, however some of the organisations I refer on to, may charge (i.e., Classes, Coffee/lunch clubs etc), If you feel you would benefit from speaking to me.
Contact: me by telephone at your GP surgery or by email: [email protected]