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Social Prescribing: Connect for health

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Locally, social prescribing is known as 'Connect for Health'.

NHS England describes social prescribing as “enabling all local agencies to refer people to a link worker”. Link workers - known locally as Community Connectors -  give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making or personalised care and support planning. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support. 

Connect for Health particularly works for a wide range of people, including those: 

  • 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.

Take a look at our Special Edition Newsletter about Connect for Health for more information.

Newsletter: Second edition - Jan 2020

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