Social prescribing is sometimes known as community referral. It is how health care professionals can refer people to local non-clinical services in their area, including care farms and green care.
Many voluntary and community sector organisations already informally signpost people on to services to support their health and wellbeing. Social prescribing is the formal name for this process, which has been adopted by the NHS as part of personalised care.
Health can be affected by many things including social, economic and environmental circumstances. The aim of social prescribing is to address people's needs in a more joined-up and holistic way. It's also thought that social prescribing can give people more control over their own health.
There are different types of social prescribing, but most involve a link worker. Link workers have different job titles in different areas, for example they can be called navigators or community connectors. Link workers are key contacts for care farms and green care providers because they connect people with defined needs to local services. Link workers also help existing community groups to be accessible, support new groups and work with local health care partners.