Social Prescribing is a project of MVSC working in partnership with the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, Merton Council, Merton GP Practices and the voluntary and community sector. The service supports people aged 18 and over in identifying what they think are their main needs and goals and works up a plan to meet these.
There are lots of resources and services across Merton that can support people with meeting others, learning new skills, try different activities, make positive lifestyle changes, get out and about and help manage their health better. Social Prescribing helps find these as where to look can sometimes get in people’s way.
Some of the areas people have been informed, connected or referred to services that can help have included:
- Benefits advice
- Bereavement support
- Employability support programmes
- Exercise sessions
- Health walks
- Informal carers support
- Social activities
- Support groups (eg, diabetes)
- Transport (eg, dial-a-ride)
Where can you access this service?
There are presently 9 Social Prescribing Coordinators who work across Merton GP Practices. The following practices host the social prescribing service on at least one day a week:
If you would like to find out more or see a Social Prescribing Coordinator, then people who are registered with one of the GP practices above can ask their GP to refer them.
Does Social Prescribing help?
The service is entering its third year and previously the Community Navigator Service (managed by Healthwatch Merton) helped inform and shape the concept of social prescribing.
There is emerging evidence that Social Prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people. Some of the benefits highlighted so far have been improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing.
The following reports and short film give an insight into how it has worked over the last few years:
- East Merton Social Prescribing report
- Community Navigation Service evaluation
- Merton Social Prescribing patient video
- Merton Social Prescribing GP and partner video
- Merton Social Prescribing Patient Story
To find out what help and support is out there for you, click the links below: