People’s health and wellbeing are determined by a range of social, economic and environmental factors. Around 1 in 5 GP appointments are non medical related which suggests that we cannot rely only on medication or doctors to fix these problems. For example, people may visit their GP because they may feeling isolated, lonely or they may be suffering from stress at work.
Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other health and care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Social prescribing connects people up to practical and emotional community support through the use of Social Prescribing Link workers (SPLW) and local infrastructure agencies.
Examples of Social prescribing can include:
- Arts Activities
- Group Learning
- Healthy Eating Advice
Social prescribing can be recognised by a number of sub-catergories such as Green Social Prescribing and Blue Social Prescribing.
Green Social Prescribing focuses on all nature-based interventions and activities, such as walking for health, community gardenings, and much more. These activities can take place in forests, parks and gardens.
Blue Social Prescribing is any activities and interventions with water, including activities like fishing, boating, and much more taking places in lakes, rivers, creeks and more.