Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing – Brighton North and Central PCN

What is Social Prescribing and who can it help?

Social prescribing is a way in which patients can be supported to link with a range of local, activities, opportunities and support that can improve their health and wellbeing. It is about supporting and empowering patients to take control of their own health and wellbeing by giving people time, focusing on “what matters to me” and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. Social Prescribing is about developing stronger partnerships, between patients, their community and the supporting services.

Many things in life can make people feel unwell or affect their overall health and wellbeing negatively, and a medical prescription is sometimes only part of the solution.

Social Prescribing works for a wide range of people including people

  • Who are 18 years old and over
  • With long term health conditions
  • Who are lonely or isolated
  • Who have complex social needs that affect their wellbeing
  • Who have addiction issues – Alcohol, drugs, gambling
  • Who need housing or employment support
  • Who want to make lifestyle changes
  • Who need debt advice and financial support

How does Social Prescribing Work?

We will support clients with up to 6 sessions.

Initial contact is typically made on the phone and follow up sessions can either be face to face in the GP Surgery, in the client’s home or continue over the phone.

From this initial consultation, the Social Prescriber will help develop a personalised plan for the patient to manage their health and wellbeing.

How to refer to the service

Referrals can be made from any staff based within the GP practice  , please call 01273 328950