What is Social Prescribing?

GPs report that patients sometimes present with problems that may have their roots in social issues - such as loneliness, finances and isolation - where medication may not always be the answer. Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Examples of non-clinical services include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports. Follow this link for a short film on social prescribing and how it works.

What is Connected Kingston?

The social prescribing model in Kingston is a whole borough approach. Anyone living, working or studying in Kingston can access social prescribing through Connected Kingston, which in turn is supported by three key elements:

  1. www.connectedkingston.uk: a web based directory of activities and services available in the community.
  2. Community Champions: a network of individuals trained to have motivational conversations and sign-post people to local activities and services using the website.
  3. Community Connectors: Link workers who work with referred individuals drawing on their strengths, interests and skills in order to identify goals to improve the person’s quality of life, health and wellbeing.

Over 30 local organisations have been involved in the co-production of the Connected Kingston including: Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA), Kingston Council, together with colleagues from local voluntary and community organisations and public sector health partners.

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