Listen, support, connect – celebrating Social Prescribing Day 2019

Author
Sarah Morland Partnership Manager
Article date
10 March 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Celebrating Social Prescribing in Reading

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The first International Social Prescribing Day is on Thursday 14 March 2019. We are joining patients, GPs, community groups and other voluntary organisations in the UK and across the world, in highlighting the importance and significance of Social Prescribing in health and social care. Age UK Berkshire and Reading Voluntary Action are celebrating by raising the profile of Social Prescribing in local GP surgeries. We are highlighting how Social Prescribing has linked people to a wide range of community activities to support their health and wellbeing. Look out for the slides and booklets at your GP surgery, or request a copy of the booklet by emailing social.prescribing@rva.org.uk.

The GP’s perspective

When I first heard about the social prescribing service I immediately felt it would play an important part in delivering holistic care to my patients and indeed it has.

A significant number of people we see with low mood, anxiety and symptoms such as feeling non-specifically unwell, are affected by loneliness and isolation and are best helped by a social prescribing approach. As a surgery we have been involved with the project since 2015 and I am delighted that its value has been recognised and is being promoted.

Social Prescribing case study

Patricia, in her 70s, was referred by her GP for support with diet and exercise. Together we identified activities that she wanted to try including local Tai Chi and gentle yoga classes, Walking for Health and mindfulness sessions. She also needed advice about her financial situation and was signposted to local advice agencies.

‘The appointment was really useful and gave me choices I had not thought about before.’