SOCIAL PRESCRIBING IN THE COMMUNITY

Our Social Prescribing Link Worker explains Social Prescribing and the role it can take in someone's health in more depth.

Social Prescribing is a means of connecting people to a variety of local support for practical and emotional support. This support includes, but is not limited to, community groups, mental health support services, employment and training services, and housing associations. 

 

Our Social Prescribing Link Workers take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, listening to clients in a safe and confidential one to one setting and can support with long term health conditions, mental health, loneliness and complex social needs. 

Social Prescribing Link Workers:

  • Link workers take referrals from GPs and their colleagues, when a non-clinical need is identified

  • Meet with patients regularly to listen and offer guidance in a safe and confidential one to one setting

  • Connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support

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Involve Kent are paving the way in Social Prescribing Services within West Kent and are supporting Primary Care Networks.

By having a Social Prescribing Link Worker in your surgery, patients will have access to effective and confidential one to one support to help them take steps to connect to groups and activities. Involve can support your Primary Care Network to access the investment for a variety of additional roles and provide a fully managed, indemnified service- compliant with NHS guidelines and within budget.

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Connect Well West Kent is an ongoing research project that looks at the impact of Social Prescribing.

 

Connect Well West Kent is a three year pilot funded by the DHSC and WKCCG. The programme worked in partnership with the University of Kent to gather insight and evidence in order to understand the impacts of social prescribing; to the person, the health system and the community and subsequently use the data to shape the future of social prescribing.

Our Link Workers are available in these following surgeries:

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Link Workers aim to look at what matters to you in your life, and which part of your wellbeing needs time and attention to make you happier.

We run peer support groups both in the community and online to reduce social isolation as well as connect you with someone who also understands what living with a long term condition is like.

Please get in touch with your GP surgery in the first instance if you are interested in exploring the benefits of Social Prescribing.

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