Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Social Prescribing

Our response to COVID-19

Southern Brooks are providing the social prescribing service to all GP surgeries in South Gloucestershire. Our link workers have been working with several surgeries to help patients improve their quality and life and well being since the beginning of the year.

In these uncertain and worrying times our service is adapting rapidly. We are working closely with the practice managers and GPs to make sure that we can offer support to everyone that may need it. GPs will be identifying those that are in most need of the social prescribing service and will be referring you to us.

Originally designed to help eliminate social isolation; we now help to facilitate it safely. Isolated does not have to mean lonely and our team are here for your well being. Social prescribing link workers will be able to help access deliveries, medications, welfare calls, liaise with agencies and facilitate food parcels to those in need.

If your GP surgery feels that you need input from social prescribing during this time, they will refer you to us and a link worker will be assigned to offer you support. There is nothing you need to do to access this service, if you are identified by your surgery, you will receive a call from a link worker.

As things change our service will adapt to meet the needs of patients in coordination with GP surgeries. Please check back for any further updates.

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing is a national NHS England programme, and is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:

  • with one or more long-term conditions
  • who need support with their mental health
  • who are lonely or isolated
  • who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

Southern Brooks, in partnership with DHI, has been commissioned to deliver support within GP Practices in South Gloucestershire. Our Social Prescribing Link Workers are based within the Practice, and GPs can refer patients directly to them. Patients are offered 4-6 one-to-one appointments with their Link Worker, who will help them to access relevant services, support, and community groups.

NHS England has produced a summary guide to Social Prescribing, which you can read HERE.

If you would like to be referred to a Social Prescribing Link Worker, please speak to your GP.