My name is Karen Price and I am a Social Prescriber in the North Cotswolds.
I work for The Community Wellbeing Service which is hosted by GRCC. This is a free and confidential service for over 16’s.
In the North Cotswolds we consist of a team of 3. A Social Prescriber and 2 Community Wellbeing Agents. We provide the same service but the agents are out and about in the community providing support in the home. The Social Prescribing role is predominantly surgery based where clients would book appointments to attend. Social prescribing represents a means of enabling GPs and other front line healthcare professionals to refer patients to our service – 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, often using services provided by the voluntary and community sector. Its aim is to expand the options available in a primary care consultation and direct patients to certain services which in turn will help them become more confident and manage their own condition.
Advice on non-medical issues may include:
- General health and wellbeing
- Volunteering in the local area
- Accessible transport
- Age related advice and activities
- Support with healthy lifestyles
- Building networks
- Getting back in to work
- Support for long term health conditions
- Emotional wellbeing
- Activities within the area
- Social isolation