Social prescribing: GUIDE FOR RESIDENTS
VAC works in partnership with the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group to develop social prescribing approaches in Camden
Around 2013 we began introducing volunteer health advocates into GP waiting rooms, promoting community groups and referring patients to local voluntary organisations and social opportunities that would be beneficial to health and wellbeing.
More recently we joined forces with Age UK Camden to help deliver the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service. This led to Community Links, a new service that connects local people with health and wellbeing-based groups and activities in the community.
If you are aged 18 or over and live in Camden and are in need of support, we can help connect you to activities, services and other opportunities for improving your health and wellbeing.
The Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service aims to prevent ill health, improve health and wellbeing, and improve how your care is coordinated to help you remain independent, particularly if you are living with long-term, debilitating health conditions.
Tell us what is important to you and your health and wellbeing
Tell us the type of services and activities that would ideally suit you. These could include:
What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing, also sometimes known as community referral, is a means of enabling health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. There is a growing body of evidence that social prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes.
MAKE A REFERRAL
The service is an ‘open’ social prescribing model for Camden residents over 18, and receives referrals from GPs, hospitals, social workers, mental health services, and many other local health and care services. Residents can also self-refer.
BECOME A COMMUNITY LINKS VOLUNTEER
VAC recruits and trains Community Links Volunteers to work with local GP practices promoting community based health and well-being services.
JOIN THE SOCIAL PRESCRIBING LEARNING NETWORK
A network to bring together all the groups and organisations involved in Social Prescribing in Camden to learn, share ideas and challenges.