Social Prescribers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Who is a Social Prescriber?
- Someone approachable and understanding to talk to
- Someone who will listen to you
- Someone with lots of knowledge on local groups and services
- Someone who will help guide you through a person centred approach to support your health and well-being
What can a Social Prescriber do?
Your Social Prescriber will be able to link you with various services in the local area.
They can offer support with the following:
- Social isolation and loneliness
- Your emotional wellbeing
- Lifestyle improvement
- Life changing events, such as birth, retirement, illness, bereavement
- Help and support around long term health conditions
- Loss of confidence or purpose
- Housing or financial concerns
Access to work/education/volunteering
Health and Wellbeing Coaches help support patients to make positive, long-lasting lifestyle changes to improve their wellbeing and overall health by focusing on what matters to them.
What is Health and Wellbeing Coaching?
Holistically working with patients to identify and prioritise what matters to them and working to set and maintain goals to improve health outcomes. Health and Wellbeing Coaches (HWC) work closely with patients supporting them to self-manage their long term health conditions and to utilise clinical staff appropriately. We work alongside social prescribing to help connect patients into the community and support them with accessing appropriate help.
What type of patients could benefit?
- Patients with high levels of health anxiety and frequent GP attenders
- Patients who are reluctant to engage with other services.
- Patients who would benefit from support to better manage their long-term health conditions.
- Patients who could benefit from support with implementing healthy lifestyle changes (diet, activity levels, smoking, drinking)
- Patients experiencing social isolation and loneliness
- Patients suffering with poor mental health (low/moderate anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress)
What Long term health conditions are acceptable?
- Arthritis, muscle and joint pain
- Prediabetes, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes
- Hypertension (and risk factors)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Well controlled asthma and COPD
- High BMI / Central obesity
- Low level Mental health (Anxiety, depression)
What do the sessions look like?
1-2-1 Support with a Health and Wellbeing Coach over the telephone or face to face. The sessions are based upon patient needs. The structure can be flexible to support patient goal setting with education being the underpinning objective to enable the patient to utilise the skills they learn going forward.
How can I access the services?
We take referrals from your General Practice. You can ask a staff member for a referral, or your physician will suggest it to you.
Our six member practices are:
- Ashlea Medical Practice
- Cobham Health Centre
- Eastwick Park Medical Practice
- Fairfield Medical Centre
- The Molebridge Practice
- Oxshott Medical Practice