Introduce a "Social Prescribing Pathway"

Establish a 'Social Prescribing Pathway'.

This will allow GPs on-Island to refer patients to a 'link worker' who can assess the patient's social needs (loneliness/isolation/underactivity, etc.) and refer them to an appropriate voluntary and community sector organisation.

For more information, read the reports of the UK 'Social Prescribing Network'.

 

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Why the contribution is important

 

In the UK approximately 20% of presentations to GPs are for social complaints.  There is also evidence that addressing social determinants of health can reduce dependence on anti-depressants and anxiolytic/sedative medications.

Social interventions, including organised exercise programmes, education programmes and exposure to the arts can improve both mental and physical health and reduce demand on health services and drug costs.

 

by MelindaIOMGov on May 18, 2017 at 10:23AM

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