Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GP's, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Time credits are prescribed to a participant, in return for a pledge that you give your time to the community in the future which is linked to your skills and interests to improve health and wellbeing. A time credit can be spent on a whole range of different activities across the country. You will receive 5 time credits on your first session which is non-committal.
You can earn more time credits, encouraging greater involvement in community activity. The ultimate goal is for a practitioner in a supporting setting to be able to use a tested tool that encourages healthy lifestyles, greater social engagement, and confidence building. In return you get the chance to share your skills and knowledge in a setting of your choice.
We have two Social Prescribers at Ty Elli who attend the Vauxhall Surgery on Tuesday and Wednesday each week, they are Andrew Pompa and Tracey Roberts-Jones.
For more information on the role of Social Prescriber please click here or go to www.justaddspice.org