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What is Social Prescribing?

Our team supports people to connect to services within their local community promoting their overall wellbeing.

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
  • Social prescribers are able to give clients time and space to find out what is important to them.

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 can be given be for a range of issues but housing problems, finances - including debt or benefit support and social isolation are the top three.
  • Someone who's mental health issues are being managed and they want to engage with other services or require other support.
  • Please speak to your GP surgery if you wish to be referred to a social prescriber.
  • The service is for people 18 years and over.

Please contact your GP Surgery if you wish to be referred to a social prescriber.

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

Where is this service available?

Regis - The team cover the 9 GP surgeries in the Regis area.

Arun (AIC Primary Care Network) - The team cover the 3 surgeries

Chanctonbury - The team cover the 4 GP surgeries

Horsham and Midsussex - The team are based within the Primary Care Network Community Teams and manage the social prescribing needs of clients that meet the criteria for the multidisciplinary community team.

Brighton and Hove - Preston Park Community Primary Care Network (the team cover the 5 surgeries) and North and Central Primary Care Network (the team cover the 5 surgeries)

Please contact us to find out more.

Contact our head office

0800 019 1310
email: info@ageukwsbh.org.uk

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove
Suite 2, First Floor
Anchor Springs
Littlehampton
BN17 6BP

Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and to 4:30pm on Fridays.