Your doctor isn’t the only person who can help you feel better.
Lots of things can make us feel unwell. Some of these are medical problems that need medical treatment, others are more about the difficulties we all face, at times, in our daily lives such as issues with loneliness, bereavement, our caring responsibilities, money, housing, memory issues or simply finding the motivation to make healthy choices eg exercising more. Social Prescribing is the phrase used to describe the non-medical support that is available to help you and this support is offered to you by a link worker who is part of the surgery team.
A link worker gives you ‘time’ to listen and hear ‘what matters to you’.
A link worker can work with anyone aged 18+ and our surgery is working with Age UK Oxfordshire to provide access to trained and experienced link workers who are able to work with everyone.
They will work with you to help you know about and connect to local activities, opportunities and support. They are practical, helpful and will not judge you. They can help you decide what you would like to do to improve your health, wellbeing and independence and will support you along the way. The link worker can help you to:
1. Be more socially connected
2. Live well and more independently
3. Be healthier
4. Be more active
5. Support your mental health
6. Support you with your finances
It starts with a conversation.
To access our link worker at CNHC speak to your GP, health care professional or care navigator.
Download our Primary Care Network Social Prescribing service leaflet HERE.