Social Prescribing is a service that we provide throughout all sites within Issa Medical Group. We have three Social Prescribers who work within our network within Preston North and East. 

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing is when health professionals refer patients to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing. The concept has gained support in the NHS organisations of the United Kingdom as well as in Ireland and the Netherlands and forms part of the NHS Long Term Plan. 

The following YouTube video is a useful tool to refer back to when thinking about social prescribing What is social prescribing? - YouTube

Who are your social prescribers?

We employ three social prescribers across our network:

  • Adele
  • Tracey
  • Chris

How can I access this service?

If you currently feel isolated, lonely or are suffering with stress due to work or money problems then social prescribing may be the best way forward. The social prescribers can also help patients who feel their mental health would improve if they were to access community support / organisations. If you feel you would benefit from this service, please contact your surgery to arrange an appointment. A GP / Clinician will assess your needs and if they agree that this is suitable for you, they will refer you to our social prescribers.

Life changing events & Long term conditions:

What support can I get?

The link worker can help you with a range of issues including:

  • Social isolation or Loneliness
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Getting out and about
  • Life changing events such as birth, retirement, bereavement
  • Long term health conditions
  • Loss of confidence/purpose
  • Poor health linked to housing or housing conditions
  • Accessing work, training and volunteering

Useful websites:

Lancashire South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust - Self Help Guides (ntw.nhs.uk)

Help in Preston | Providing help, support and advice to people in need.

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