In conjunction with our Patient Participation Group we have initiated a Social Prescribing scheme at the Health Centre.
What is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing is a means of enabling clinicians to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services, provided primarily by the voluntary and community sectors within the community.
How does Social Prescribing work at Chipping Norton Health Centre?
At the Health Centre we have appointed a Social Prescriber (link worker).
Pauline our Social Prescriber has nurtured many relationships within the local community and has built a database of services, groups and organisations that can offer activities, support and befriending as well as much more.
If a GP, nurse practitioner, practice nurse or health care assistant identifies a patient as someone who would benefit from a meeting with Pauline, they will formally refer the patient to her (with the patients consent). Pauline will then call the patient to book an appointment.
What will happen at the appointment?
The appointment will be quite informal. During the appointment Pauline will ask a few questions to establish the patients likes and dislikes and any health restrictions they may have. She will then be able to make suggestions of activities or organisations for the patient to engage with.
Before signposting you towards a group or organisation Pauline will check there is availability for new members.
Additional information –
Social Prescriber – Pauline Mason
Social Prescribing GP lead – Dr J Pargeter
Our Social Prescriber Pauline may follow up any signposting to local services, groups or organisations with questionnaires or surveys.
Social prescribing has received a lot of press coverage recently and we were asked as a practice to talk about how we are implementing it. Find details of the interviews with the practice here.