SPRING Social Prescribing enables a GP or Primary Health Care professional to refer patients who suffer from; social isolation, low mood, mild depression, chronic pain, long term conditions or physical inactivity to community support programmes and activities.
GP’s refer patients to the community for non-medical support.
Patients receive 1-1 community support for social, emotional or practical needs.
People are connected to suitable programmes, activities and services that best meet their particular needs.
People make decisions about their own health and feel empowered as they engage with others.
The SPRING Social Prescribing Project is a partnership between Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, the Healthy Living Centre Alliance and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing.
The project has a network of 30 community health partners delivering Social Prescribing services.
SPEx is a joint initiative with Queens University Belfast, 4th Year Medical Students gain first hand experience of social prescribing and the benefits of community-led health interventions.
Pictured L-R; Ben Sullivan (medical student at Silverbirch General Practice, Bangor), Kathy Cairns (Social Prescriber) and Sarah Huggett (Social Prescriber) from Peninsula Healthy Living Centre, Northern Ireland.
Social Prescriber; Louise Taylor introduces medical students from Glasgow University to community-led health approaches and how they can complement GP services in Annexe Communities, Partick, Scotland.