Social prescribing

Social prescribing

What is social prescribing?

Traditional ideas about "going to the doctors" are changing as a result of a new free initiative, known as social prescribing.

Research shows that around half of GP appointments are not related to medical conditions and solutions can be better found by directing patients into social and community settings as opposed to prescribing medication. A social prescribing scheme can help access local community groups who can offer opportunities for volunteering, further learning, arts, sporting and cultural activities. These activities can help the person to gain confidence, decrease anxiety, depression and social isolation and help improve communities where we live.

How does social prescribing work?

Social prescribing aims to support individuals to take better control over their health and improve their own wellbeing. It's designed for people with a range of social, emotional or practical needs that need a little help navigating their way through the community-based services and organisations available locally.

If you are someone who could benefit from social prescribing, you can access it through a GP referral. Your GP will connect you with a social prescribing link worker who you can talk to about your concerns and the factors that are affecting your health. The social prescribing link worker will then help you to create an individual plan to address these issues, assisting you to access relevant and interesting activities through the Council and local voluntary organisations.

What is happening in Chiltern?

This is a new NHS initiative and so the scheme is currently being set up across Buckinghamshire.

At Chiltern District Council we are committed to supporting this new social prescribing scheme and working with all stakeholders to make it a success

To find out more about the scheme enquire at your local surgery.

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Social Prescribing Networking and Information event which is taking place at the Kings Church, Raans Road, Amersham on  Thursday 17th October between  5-8pm.

The event has been organised by Chiltern District Council to bring together health service providers and the voluntary community sector to increase awareness of the opportunities social prescribing offers and also to identify the next steps forward for collective working and training support. Councillor Liz Walsh, Healthy Communities portfolio holder will open the evening and welcome everyone to the event.

Format of the evening is as follows:

  • 5-6pm, Arrival time finger buffet and networking time, stalls from agencies and services that can add support into primary care and voluntary services
  • 6-8pm, Main Conference with guest speakers from:
  • Bucks Clinical Commissioning Group giving an overview of social prescribing  and what is happening in the county with a Chiltern focus
  • Urgent Care overview, Hertfordshire Social Prescribing Project
  • Social Prescribing Champions from Chiltern surgeries
  • Round table discussion of concerns and possible issues regarding social prescribing
  • Community Impact Bucks will inform us how they can support the process and the training they can offer

Please click onto the link and book yourself a place using Eventbrite:

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Any questions please feel free to contact the Community and Leisure team on 01494 732058 or email