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SOCIAL PRESCRIBING DAY – A BRILLIANT DAY!​

On  the 14 March, many people and organisations including the NHS, voluntary sector, local government and social prescribing link workers (SPLWs) came together to celebrate Social Prescribing Day. This annual event is a chance to promote the transformative power of social prescribing in enhancing individuals’ health and wellbeing and fostering stronger communities.

As a GP and advocate for health and wellbeing, I took part in our local event. The Day was a great success. CandoFM were on hand to talk to all the contributors. You can watch their video on Facebook – just click this link.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing is a key component of Universal Personalised Care. It is an approach that connects people to activities, groups, and services in their community to meet the practical, social and emotional needs that affect their health and wellbeing.

In social prescribing, local agencies such as local charities, social care and health services refer people to a social prescribing link worker. Social prescribing link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me?’ to coproduce a simple personalised care and support plan, and support people to take control of their health and wellbeing.

Social prescribing link workers also support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing is an all-age, whole population approach that works particularly well for people who:

  • have one or more long term conditions
  • who need support with low level mental health issues
  • who are lonely or isolated
  • who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

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