Working alongside GPs to meet patients' healthcare needs.
Social prescribing enables all primary care staff and local agencies to refer people to a link worker.
Link workers give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision-making or personalised care and support planning. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support. They work within multidisciplinary teams and collaborate with local partners to support community groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people start new groups.
Social prescribing complements other approaches such as ‘active signposting’. Link workers typically support people on average over 6-12 contacts (including phone calls, meetings and home visits) with a typical caseload of 200-250 people per year, depending on the complexity of people’s needs and the maturity of the social prescribing scheme.