It is a large part of the NHS’ long-term plan for the future of healthcare in the UK. Social prescribing schemes operate across the country. You can read more about social prescribing here.
In the context of Hand in Hand, local GPs in Winchester can use Hand in Hand as a non-medical referral option that works in conjunction with an individual’s existing treatments.
Hand in Hand social prescribing clinics are currently being run at:
Sometimes an individual might visit their GP because of feelings of loneliness, social isolation, or finding that they are lacking in confidence and self-esteem. Personal circumstances or a change of events might heighten these feelings and may prompt someone to contact their GP as the next port of call.
Whilst it is advisable to contact your GP about any health concerns you may have, there is not always one direct or straightforward medical referral option (such as medication) to help you depending on your situation. The NHS recognises that social contact can help to alleviate symptoms of loneliness and can have many remedial benefits. As a result, social prescribing is a way that you can get additional help and support.
By ‘prescribing’ a scheme like Hand in Hand to a patient, pressure on primary care services can be relieved. This means fewer trips to see your GP, freeing up their appointment times, whilst also ensuring that you will start to feel happier, less isolated and more like yourself.