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The Power of Social Prescribing in Healthcare

To celebrate Social Prescribing Day 2024 our Head of Product Development Julie Goodwin gives an overview of Social Prescribing and how it works.

'Social prescribing is a healthcare approach that connects people to community resources and activities that can improve their health and well-being. It's not about medication, but rather about addressing social factors that can affect health.

Here's a breakdown of how it works:

  • Focus on social determinants of health: Social prescribing acknowledges that social, economic, and environmental factors can significantly impact a person's health. Loneliness, for instance, can worsen chronic conditions.
  • Referral by healthcare professionals: Doctors, nurses, or other healthcare providers can refer patients to social prescribing programs.
  • Link workers as guides: Social prescribing link workers meet with patients to understand their needs and goals. They then connect them with relevant community programs and services.
  • Examples of community resources: These can include social groups, exercise programs, arts activities, or even services like debt counselling or housing assistance.

Overall, social prescribing aims to:

  • Improve mental and physical health
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Empower people to manage their own health

If you're interested in learning more, you can find information on the NHS England website.


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