What is Social Prescribing?
The services supports people to connect to services within their local community supporting their overall wellbeing.
These services are available to residents of West Sussex
Due to Coronavirus our services are under constant review and are subject to change. For the latest information on services where you live please contact us.
tel: 01903 731 800
How do the social prescribing coordinators do this?
- Aim is to empower people to find solutions to their issues
- Supporting them to link with organisations or services
- This could be simply signposting
- Clients may need higher level of support
- Sessions can be from 1-6 sessions
Who can be referred?
- Someone who might be visiting GP practice for none medical support or needs more than just medical intervention.
- Someone who is able to engage with services
- Support could be for a range of issues but housing, financial issues including debt or benefit support and isolation are the top three issues social prescribing might support people with along with confidence building
- Someone with mental health that is being managed and they want to engage with other services
- Currently you cannot self refer. Referrals come through GP practice including from receptionist.
Why have social prescribers?
- Nationally there is evidence that social prescribing:
- Reduces number of GP appointments
- GP appointments are more medically focused
- Individuals report an increase in feelings of well being
Social Prescribing in West Sussex
This service is currently available from:
Regis (9 GP practices in the Bognor Regis area)
Horsham and Midsussex based with in the primary network communities (formally communities of practice)
Chanctonbury GP Practices
Contact us to find out more.
Contact Head Office 01903 731 800
Open 9am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4.30 on Fridays.
Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove
Suite 2, First Floor