Social prescribing is much more




Social prescribing is here to help you with anything that may affect your well-being and health, but can't be treated directly with medication.

For example, a social prescriber can refer you to specialist financial services if your money worries are causing you anxiety, low mood or sleep problems. As well as providing information, advice and 1:1 emotional support, a social prescriber can also assist you with other issues you may be facing.

A social prescriber visiting a patient

Social prescribing is not just:

  • Signposting
  • Health Coaching
  • A directory of services
  • Activities to fill someone's time now and then

A group doing yoga in a park

It's much more…

  • Housing, benefits and financial support and advice
  • Physical activities (walking groups, exercise classes, etc) and healthy eating
  • Substance abuse
  • Employment, training and volunteering
  • Befriending, peer support, counselling and mental health support
  • Managing more than one long-term conditions
  • Arts, gardening and creative activities

Is there anything that worries you?

To arrange a consultation with a social prescriber, please ask a receptionist/GP to arrange it for you or use our secure form online to request a consultation.

We also post information and advice on our social media





Frequently Asked Questions

Are social prescribers doctors?

No, social prescribers are not clinicians but they are highly skilled and fully trained to provide emotional support, request referrals and signpost.

Are social prescribers therapists?

No, but if necessary, they will refer you to a therapist/counsellor.

Can I have a consultation if I am under the age of 18?

No, you must be 18 or older. However, social prescribers can help you find support for teens and children.

Are my sessions confidential?

Yes. Your medical records will show consultation details if you use the NHS app or SystmOnline. Your social prescriber will never share your details without:

a) your consent
b) a valid reason that puts you or others in danger (such as safeguarding risk)

Is this service free of charge?

Yes, social prescribing is a free NHS service.

Published: Nov 25, 2022