Social Prescribers connect people with non-medical support in the community, such as day centres, charities or community groups to improve their wellbeing and tackle social isolation. Social prescribers usually work in a GP surgery, health centre or community organisation.
What does a Social Prescriber do?
- Assess care and support needs, such as physical activities, learning new skills, making new friends or finding employment
- Find local support services such as community groups and charities for people to attend
- Refer people who need care and support into a range of local activities
- Review progress that people make
- There is an option to specialise in one area of care and support, for example supporting those with physical disabilities to be more physically active in the community.
- No formal qualifications are required, however, you will need to have some experience of working in social care and health or in a volunteering capacity
- Good knowledge of the local area is useful, including local social care and health services, community and volunteering groups
- Your employer might ask that you have qualifications showing good written and numeracy skills, for example, GCSE A-C qualifications in English and maths.
- Sometimes desirable is a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or knowledge in a specific area of support such as employment, social isolation, mental health, housing or physical activity
- It’s important that you have the right values and behaviors to work in social care
Standard model of social prescribing
A standard model of social prescribing has been developed by NHS England in partnership with stakeholders, which shows the key elements that need to be in place for effective social prescribing: