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Social prescribing

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing can support people with their health and wellbeing by supporting them to access support services they need and to get involved with their community.

Who can access social prescribing?

People above the age of 18 and people not receiving support from a support worker or Secondary Mental Health Teams

How to access Social Prescribing?

You can self refer by using AskmyGP or calling reception to book an initial appointment.
You can be referred by the Reception Team or a Health Care Professional

Find out more in the information posters below.

Social Prescribing: What is Social Prescribing? Social prescribing can support people with their health and wellbeing by helping them to access support services they need and to get involved with their community. Social Prescribing can support a range of areas including but not limited to: -People with one or more long term conditions. -People who need support with their mental health. - People who are lonely or isolated. -People who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing. How to access social prescribing: -Self refer through AskMyGP or calling reception to book and initial appointment. -Referred by the reception team or a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, healthcare assistant, pharmacist, physio)

Support available from social prescribing: Support with health and wellbeing: -accessing groups and activites for physical activity (supporting different levels of fitness) -support accessing mental health support services and groups -accessing Stub It for smoking cessation advice - access and referrals for food banks Support for carers: -referrals into TuVida carers hub, access to dementia support groups/centres, access to free PPE - Support with housing: referrals into Housing to Health for patients living in homes that are negatively affecting their health, signposting the HomeLink service where patients can swap properties for another, support for patients who are tenants in Nottingham housing associations Support for elderly patients: referrals into TuVida carers hub, community rehabilitation and falls referrals, medicines management referrals, access to mobility aids, befriending services - Support with finanace and employability: financial support services (debt and benefits), work clubs and careers advice services, educational and employability courses, NCVS volunteering advisors. Support for students: financial advice and support, emotional wellbeing and access to mental health support, access to activities both on and off campus, access to disability support. When is a patient not suitable for the social prescribing service? Patients under the age of 18, patients under the care of another support worker or social prescriber, patient has complex mental health needs or under a mental health secondary care service.

How could social prescribing support you? To be referred into the social prescribing service either contact reception or discuss during your appointment with a healthcare professional. Need support with your health and wellbeing? We can help you to access: Groups and activities for your physical health (available for different levels of fitness), mental health support services and groups, accessing to stop smoking, access to food banks. Are you a carer and would like support? We can help you to access support groups and services and even access to free PPE. Do you need support with housing? We can help you to access services which will help you to move house and support patients who are tenants in Nottingham housing associations. Are you elderly and would like support? We can help you with: Referrals for care and support, referrals for mobility aids, referrals for help with medicine management, befriending services. Do you need support with employability or finance? We can support you with: accessing financial support services, connecting you to work clubs and careers advice services, introduce you to educational and employability courses, connect you to volunteering opportunities. Are you a student who needs support? We can support you with: accessing financial advice and support, accessing support for mental health, access to activities both on and off campus, access to disability support. Requirements for social prescribing referrals: over the age of 18, are not currently receiving support from a support worker or other social prescriber, are not under the support of a secondary care service.