Social prescribing is national approach that helps patients access a range of services, groups or social activities with the aim of improving social and emotional wellbeing which can make a real difference to a person’s health.
Social prescribing schemes enable GPs to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of services available in their own communities such as exercise groups, local advice and support services or social activities.
The local scheme is the Basildon and Brentwood Care Navigation Partnership. It provides a free and impartial service to anyone (over the age of 18) looking for help with things that might be affecting their health and wellbeing. Care Navigators and trained volunteers talk to people about the help they need and find the right route to services and support.