Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing

Supporting and connecting people to non-clinical support services provided, ran and coordinated by local voluntary organisations, community and faith groups and charities in Bury.

‘A clear, coherent and collaborative process in which healthcare practitioners work with patients and service users to select and make referrals to community based services.’ (Langford et al, 2013)

Social Prescribing will Reduce

Pressure on primary and secondary care services
Repeat appointments
A&E attendances
Secondary care referrals
Bed blockages
Prescriptions
Clinical Referrals

Social Prescribing will Reduce

Pressure on primary and secondary care services
Repeat appointments
A&E attendances
Secondary care referrals
Bed blockages
Prescriptions
Clinical Referrals

Beacon Service Impact

The social prescribing team found that 80% of referrals found themselves visiting their GP and/or the Hospital less frequently after speaking to a social prescribing link worker.

90% of people that speaking to a link worker had a positive impact on their lives  and 80% of referrals now felt more optimistic about the future.

The Impact on the Person

Feels more in control and able to manage their own health and wellbeing
Is more physically active
Is better able to manage practical issues, such as debt, housing and mobility
Is more connected to others and less isolated or less lonely

The Impact on the Person

Feels more in control and able to manage their own health and wellbeing
Is more physically active
Is better able to manage practical issues, such as debt, housing and mobility
Is more connected to others and less isolated or less lonely

The Impact on the Community

More volunteers engaged in Social Prescribing
More VCF groups involved in Social Prescribing
Funding secured to build capacity and/or sustainability

Rebecca is an essential and valued member of our MDT, and over the last 7 months we have all really grown to appreciate just how much Radcliffe needs social prescribers like them. The VCFA attend all our meetings and provide a crucial role in developing our person-centred approach, working jointly with other services to make difference to people’s lives – whether through volunteering, employment or simply being there for them. The work they have done so far has been fantastic. Thanks!”

JamesBury West/Radcliffe

Having something to help and support you when you don’t know where to start looking is great

Service User

Thank you for connecting me with supporting sisters. I’m loving chatting on the phone and messaging people. I’m joining a zoom meeting next week and it makes me feel so happy

Service User

For more information, please contact the Beacon Service by calling 0161 518 5550 or you can email us at buccg.beaconservice@nhs.net