Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing

Social prescribing enables GPs and nurses to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local services which are often provided by the voluntary and community sector.

The nine GP practices in the Clocktower locality within Bexley will take part in a social prescribing pilot from April 2015 to help patients access more voluntary services. Mind in Bexley, in partnership with Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), are piloting the scheme.

Watch a short Video about the Social Prescribing Project

Who is eligible to access the social prescribing programme?

Any person over 18 who has one or more long-term condition
OR a carer of a patient who meets this criteria

people must also identify with one or more of the following indicators:

• Socially isolated, meaning they have contact with friends, family or neighbours less than once a week
• Frequent users of primary care services or accident and emergency
• Struggling to manage significant life change
• Struggling to manage their health conditions

Eligible people who are referred by their GP or nurse will be assessed by a social prescribing coordinator, who will then refer the patient to voluntary organisations which have programmes that can help with their particular needs.

For further information please contact: socialprescribing@mindinbexley.org.uk

Phone: 020 8303 5816 Option 3