Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many people talking. Themes are focused on improving mental health and physical well-being.
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Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.
Hounslow CCG with local voluntary sector organisation Your Voice in Health and Social Care (YVHSC) as delivery partners have developed Social prescribing, as a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. The service encourages self-referral and the completion of social prescriptions.
Your Voice in Health and Social Care (YVHSC) recruits volunteers from across the borough, to interact with patients within all 47 GP surgeries about how to self-care and signposts them to community services available within the borough of Hounslow through the use of a social prescription. Volunteers are well informed and have close relationships with these services thus providing accurate information for patients.
Social prescribing is an opportunity to implement a sustained structural change to how a person moves between professional sectors and into their community. To fully address the social determinants of health, social prescribing schemes view a person not as a ‘condition’ or disability, but quite simply as a person.