Eight new social prescribers have been appointed in Angus to support adults access a range of vital services. Social prescribers can help patients to access information and advice on work issues, finances, loneliness, social isolation, as well as more general signposting to community resources available locally such as activity and volunteering opportunities. This holistic approach helps patients to take a greater control of their own health
The social prescribers, who are employed by Voluntary Action Angus, will be based within all Angus GP practices. Dr Nico Grunenberg, GP at Ravenswood Surgery in Forfar, said, “Having social prescribers available in my practice has been extremely valuable. Patients often saw me with mixture of issues. Many of these were not medical but were having a big impact on their health such as housing, financial and employment problems.
“With the social prescribers in my team, we are now able to help patients to overcome some of these hurdles and look towards the future.”
Hayley Mearns, Deputy Chief Executive at Voluntary Action Angus said, “Social prescribing is such a valuable service and it is a privilege for a third sector organisation to be able to deliver this to the communities of Angus. Along with the Health and Social Care Partnership, we have witnessed the results of social prescribing first-hand though a pilot project and we’re absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to roll this out throughout the county.”
Patients can access the service through a healthcare professional or self-referral. Practice receptionists will be able to advise patients on how to arrange an appointment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the majority of appointments with social prescribers are currently being offered over the phone.
For more information call Voluntary Action Angus on 01307 466113.