How Social Prescribing Works
The Sunderland GP Alliance are very excited to be sub contracted to support the newly formed Primary Care Networks in delivering the Social Prescribing element of the Network Contract Direct Enhanced Service specification over the next 5 years.
Not only do this newly established team support patients within their PCNs, but they are working with all system partners across Sunderland towards the delivery of a single, integrated social prescribing service.
This is an ambitious project and part of the All Together Better Alliance, GP work stream, which will bring together multiple providers, to create a single point of referral and deliver seamless support to the community, regardless of organisational boundaries or employers.
Social Prescribers are embedded within Primary Care Networks to empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving time to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and building trusting relationships with people to create a shared personalised care and support plan, connecting them to local, diverse and culturally appropriate community groups, VCSE organisations and services.
This service engages people to work on their wider health and wellbeing, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, as well as other lifestyle issues and low-level mental health concerns by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities.