Patients at Highley Medical Practice can now benefit from the support of a Social Prescribing Advisor. Social Prescribing is a non-medical programme which supports people to improve their health and wellbeing.
The South East Shropshire Primary Care Network (PCN) has established Social Prescribing support in practices under NHS England’s Link Worker funding. Shropshire Council Public Health are delivering this service on our behalf.
Helen Lloyd is the Social Prescribing Advisor for Highley and other practices in the South East of Shropshire and works with clients over a period of 3 to 6 months with weekly, fortnightly or less frequent consultations depending on the client’s needs and preferences. During social distancing this support is provided by telephone but in the future, it will be by face to face appointments at the surgery.
Helen helps the client to understand their health and wellbeing needs and supports them in setting realistic goals and developing an action plan to achieve these. Helen will also enable the client to access support and services in their own community by signposting or direct referral and monitors their progress.
Social Prescribing is for those aged 18 years and over and is aimed at those who would benefit from additional support to help and motivate them to take action to improve their health and wellbeing.
Many people can benefit from Social Prescribing, this includes those who may be:
- Feeling worried or anxious
- Feeling lonely or socially isolated
- Living with a long-term condition
- Wanting to make changes to their lifestyle
- Caring for someone
At the moment, we are also keen to support those who would benefit from regular and on-going support to cope with their stress, concerns or anxieties caused by social isolation and Covid-19 or who may require more time and support from Helen to plan and action how their practical needs will be met during social distancing.
If you would like an appointment with Helen Lloyd, your Social Prescribing Advisor for Highley, then please ask at the surgery.