Jola Bartos is our new Social Prescribing Link Worker based in the practice who will be working alongside Hilary Armstong- Dene who is here every Friday.
Social Prescribing Link Worker
The link worker is here to listen to you and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better. They are interested in ‘what matters to you’ to create a personalised care and support plan.
Your link worker might introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club. Or they might help you find legal advice or debt counselling. They might just help you find information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on your situation or what local resources there are. They could even support you to create something new such as a gardening club, a fishing group, a ‘men’s shed’ or knitting group.
Social prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.
What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. It seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way, focussing on ‘what matters to me’ as a patient, rather than ‘what is the matter with me’. Link workers support individuals to take greater control of their own health.