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Social prescribing

Primary Care is under tremendous pressure due to a lack of resources and workforce with ever increasing demand partly due to an increasingly aging population.  Many patients have needs, often relating to long term conditions that can be helped in a variety of non clinical ways. Currently there is little time or space to address these needs in consultations.

Social prescribing also forms part of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s agenda, who are undertaking a wider consultation.  It is also a government initiative and 1000 social prescribing link workers will be in place over time. 

The PPG can help to map and network those activities and individuals in the community who may be able to help provide some of these services.  The surgery hopes to be able to signpost patients towards these services, and work with the PPG to provide a more holistic and complete service to local patients.  Any assistance that can be given will help to improve the service, and perhaps relieve the pressure on front line NHS services.

Given the predicted growth in population, the pressures on local health providers will increase and bring new and growing demands for healthcare provision.  Social prescribing is a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community.  It provides GPs with a non medical referral option that can operate alongside existing treatments to improve health and wellbeing by:

  • Development of new types of consultation
  • Reducing Did Not Appears
  • Supporting self care
  • Reducing cost of traditional forms of medication
  • Enabling activities to be provided more locally
  • Reducing social isolation and contribute to development of a community ethos