Social prescribing, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health & focus on ‘what matters to me’. It is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs.
Social Prescribers connect people to community groups, voluntary organisations and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.
They also support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.
Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:
- with one or more long-term conditions
- who need support with their mental health
- who are lonely or isolated
- who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
What is a Social Prescriber ?
The below video clearly depicts the role and responsibilities of a Social Prescriber, making it a useful recourse for Practices/PCNs to help explain to Patients what a Social Prescriber is.
Currently in Gloucestershire, we have for some time now, had a successful Social Prescribing scheme in place, which is delivered by different Provider Organisations within each of our localities. Through the new GP contract, we will be able to extend our access to Social prescribing further.
Through the new Gp Contract Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will be guaranteed funding for 100% of the actual on going salary costs of additional social prescribing link workers from 2019/20, up to the maximum amount.
The reimbursement proportion will be fixed at 100% within the new Network Financial Entitlements. The percentages will neither taper nor increase during the next five years. This gives networks maximum confidence to recruit to the full. The eligible maximum pay against which the 100% reimbursement will apply is the sum of (a) the weighted average salary for the specified Agenda for Change band; plus (b) the associated employer on-costs.
The maximum reimbursable amount in 2019/20 (with on costs) is up to Band 5.
Please see link below for an induction pack for the social prescribing link workers.
This link includes guidance for the Social Prescribing Link Worker and some information for GP/Practice supervisors, and is available as a national resource for Social Prescribing Link Workers to be aware of their roles, responsibilities and the context they are working in. There is some information in the document about forming a Care Plan as well as other useful guidance. https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/social-prescribing-link-worker-welcome-pack/
E Learning for Health
E-Learning for Health are offering a free Social Prescribing Modules which are available on the web site: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/social-prescribing/
This document provides useful information for social prescribing link workers related to the Covid-19 (coronavirus). https://glosprimarycare.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Cornonavirus_Information-for-Social-Prescribing-Link-Workers.pdf