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Social

Prescribing

Connecting people to community groups and statutory services

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing refers to the idea of improving people’s health and wellbeing by putting them in touch with local networks and services, and increasing their active involvement with their local community.

Good social prescribing treats people in a more holistic way, looking at the “whole person” and taking into account social, economic and environmental factors before supporting them to make connections. Good social prescribing improves outcomes and experiences for people, their families and carers, as well as achieving more value from the system.

We deliver the Social Prescribing Link Workers Service in GP practices across Birmingham and Solihull in partnership with SDSmyhealthcare and their Primary Care Networks. Social Prescribing allows GPs and other care staff to refer patients to a Link Worker, based at the surgery. Link Workers then work with patients one-to-one (either face-to-face or over the phone), offering direct support and signposting to help them take control of their own health and wellbeing, and helping them to increase their active involvement with their local community.

Social Prescribing in Birmingham and Solihull

We work with 11 PCNs and nearly 70 individual GP practices in Birmingham and Solihull, making us the largest provider of NHS Social Prescribing Link Workers in the West Midlands.

“You listened and didn’t interrupt me like people have my whole life. You asked what I wanted rather than what I needed, and that was empowering. “

—Male client

Total hour of service 21/22 : Birmingham

Total hour of service 21/22 : Solihull

Number of referral : Birmingham

Number of referral : Solihull

How does Social
Prescribing work?

Referral

The NHS model for social prescribing involves GPs and other primary care providers referring people to a Link Worker.

Connect

Link workers give people time, focusing on what matters to each person, and looking at the bigger picture. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Support

Link workers also support existing community groups and organisations (sometimes referred to as “Community Assets”) to be accessible and sustainable, by referring people to them and working collaboratively with them.

Meet our
Link Workers

Anita Ward
Anita Ward

Senior Link Worker

Brogan France
Brogan France

Link Worker

Khadija Parvin
Khadija Parvin

Link Worker

Rangit Kaur
Rangit Kaur

Link Worker

Leah Crawford
Leah Crawford

Senior Link Worker

Philippa Conran
Philippa Conran

Link Worker

Laura Heslington
Laura Heslington

Link Worker

Sadaf Raja
Sadaf Raja

Link Worker

Laura Henvey
Laura Henvey

Administrator

Sandra Lobban
Sandra Lobban

Link Worker

Lisa Cooper
Lisa Cooper

Link Worker

Somia Jamil
Somia Jamil

Link Worker

Sophie Tough
Sophie Tough

Link Worker

Joshua Masih
Joshua Masih

Link Worker

Denise Nolan
Denise Nolan

Link Worker

Nikita Moore
Nikita Moore

Link Worker

Malika Chowdhury
Malika Chowdhury

Link Worker