Social Prescribing Link Worker Day takes place on 8 October.

Now in its third year, the aim of the day is to showcase the role of Social Prescribing and those who play a role in it.

Social prescribing enables people with non-clinical needs to be referred to local services to support their health and wellbeing.

On a daily basis GP practices deal with a huge range of enquiries either remotely or face to face, with over 3m face-to-face appointments being carried out in the last twelve months alone. Often issues are of a non-clinical nature and patients could benefit more from other organisations, for example those involved in befriending, gardening, support with healthier eating, exercise or debt guidance.

Liz Rose is a Social Prescriber, based in Gillingham Medical Practice – her work has been recognised with making the short list at the upcoming General Practice Awards 2021.

Examples of Liz’s work include setting up and supporting a weekly singing group, facilitation a telephone group for people affected by chronic pain and the creation of Gillingham Community Kindness a support group which has gone from strength to strength in the space of a few months.

Liz said “It has certainly been an extremely busy and exciting year and incredibly rewarding. I could not have achieved anything without the invaluable support from my Gillingham  Medical Practice colleagues, health champions, volunteers and the whole community of Gillingham – from knitted blankets, lots of cups of tea, supporting individuals and groups and much more to come..

I love meeting new people, being out in the community and working holistically to promote people’s health and well-being. It is so exciting that we now have a team of Social Prescribers and I am so happy that Hannah and Emily have now joined us and bring their expertise and knowledge.

Watch out to see what more kindness we can spread in Gillingham!’

For more information on Social Prescribing please visit www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/