Today (10 March) is National Social Prescribing Day, so we wanted to shine a spotlight on our fantastic Primary Care Link Workers and Ways to Wellbeing teams and tell you about Social Prescribing in York. 

What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribers offer non-medical support, giving patients the time and focus to find out what matters to them. This may include patients who are stressed by work, financial issues, housing problems, bereavement or the stress of managing a long-term condition.

Our Social Prescribers work with patients to form a personailsed care plan. They link the patient with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector groups and organisations, statutory services and support them to access these services. The aim is to support patients to be able to self-manage their health and well-being with a network of support in doing so.

Primary Care Link Workers

Primary Care Link Workers are part of the Social Prescribing Team at York CVS. The Primary Care Link Workers are social prescribers based in GP surgeries across York, working alongside individuals to get to know them, and ultimately help them improve their health and wellbeing.

Often people access their GP for what is primarily a social issue, (e.g. loneliness, isolation, financial problems), social prescribing helps provide individuals with an alternative to medical intervention. The team are well placed to address the root cause of these difficulties, and are able to meet individuals in their surgery or out in the community, wherever an individual prefers.

This is a non-judgemental service to support individuals to make small changes, that could make a big impact on their quality of life. If you would like to access this service or find out more call 01904 437911 or contact your GP surgery to be referred.

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Ways to Wellbeing 

Now that social prescribing has been embedded in primary care, with Primary Care Link Workers, Ways to Wellbeing has moved to a second phase of delivery. We’re focusing on innovation and growing the reach of social prescribing in the city by embedding our practitioners in secondary services, where we’ve previously seen gaps in support.

Hospital Discharge

Our aim is to help people with their recovery and explore ways for them to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. Through our social prescribing interventions we strive to help prevent unnecessary social admissions to Hospital. We aim to help empower people to achieve their personal wellbeing goals, tackling social isolation and connecting them to their communities to help improve their health and wellbeing. Want to know more about our service?


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Social Prescribing in York

We can work with patients with mild – moderate Mental Health Conditions but cannot support people in crisis – this needs to be the crisis team who are available on 0800 0516 171 and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all ages. They offer support for anyone in a mental health emergency.

Meet Anna, Primary Care Link Worker who explains more about her role:

Meet our Ways to Wellbeing Social Prescribers Liz and Vicki: