Social Prescribing Link Workers are part of the Miulti-Disciplinary Team (MDT) delivering personalised care to people, enabling them to take control of their health and wellbeing.
Social Prescribing Link Workers can support anyone who would benefit, including but not exclusively people in the following situations:
- On the lower level of the mental health/illness continum
- With one or more long-term conditions
- Who are lonely or experiencing social isolation
- Who have complex social needs that affect their wellbeing
- Who are having financial and housing issues
- People who are experiencing domestic violence
Social Prescribing Link Workers may do one or more of the following:
- Make observations from social and wider determinants of health point of view
- Seek to address what matters to the individual holistically through time to talk and shared decision-making.
- Facilitate, connect, and link people to the right support and interventations that can help address the identified needs, which in turn helps to improve mental health and physical well-being.
- Refer to a variety of voluntary and community sector schemes that provide activities and support such as volunteering, exercise groups, gardening, healthy eating, and cooking.
- Support individuals to be resilient , independent, empowered, and able to unblock barriers to better health and wellbeing which are largely responsible for health inequalities.
Please see below the links to lots of useful documents:
PCN Reference Guide for Social Prescibers (you will find a sample job description and a sample person specificatio under Annex C)
Please click the link below to view a video about Personalised Care in the Black Country