Nottingham city welcomes a team of Social Prescribing Link Workers
A team of nine Social Prescribing Link Workers have joined GP practices across Nottingham city, to help residents improve their health and sense of wellbeing.
Social Prescribing Link Workers empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing by taking a holistic approach to a person’s individual circumstances. They work with people, connecting them to community groups as well as statutory services for practical support in areas that have an impact on a person’s wellbeing such as mental health difficulties, debt, housing issues or physical/social inactivity. They work alongside clinical services like GPs to provide extra support for patients who need a little extra support and are a crucial addition to the Nottingham City Integrated Care Partnership.
Each member of the nine-strong team is allocated to a Primary Care Network across the city.
Carol Burrell, Social Prescribing Team Leader and Practice Manager at South glade Medical Practice said: “I am excited to be leading the team of Social Prescribing Link Workers working across Nottingham city to support and empower people to take control of their lives.
People think a doctor needs to prescribe medication for your health concerns but, this is not always the case. A visit to one of our Link Workers will give you the opportunity to talk about ‘what matters to you’ and help resolve problems like social isolation, confidence, quality of life or guidance to support with financial concerns as well as much much more.”