- Posted Tuesday September 1, 2020
We have gathered a few ideas on how to implement Social Prescribing at your practice, as even though there are restrictions in place, it is important for patients to stay active and social for their physical and mental health.
The Benefits of Social Prescribing
Focusing on Social Prescribing and developing an approach that promotes well being means that practices are able to address the 30% of patients who don’t need to see a GP but still come to see their Doctor, who they value as someone they trust.
By working with patients to understand their non medical needs, practices are able to offer a whole programme of events and activities that support patients in different ways.
5 Quick Ideas for Social Prescribing
Take a look at these 5 quick Ideas for Social Prescribing Ideas that can be carried out with current restricitons:
- Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
We all seem to spending longer at home at the moment. Now could be a perfect time to try new recipes, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and take time to cook some delicious meals.
- Encourage Social Activities
Loneliness is an increasing concern at the moment, but even those who are vulnerable can safely engage with others now. Invite friends or family over to your garden, or meet with people in a local park. Patients might be able to go to a church or leisure centre group, as these are now back open with social distancing protocols.
- Get Artistic!
Art is a great way of showing creativity. Clear a wall at the practice and allow patients to put up their art on the wall. It’s a great way of showing solidarity and is a very covid-safe activity for the patients particularly worried or vulnerable.
- Cultivate Green Fingers!
Gardening is a relaxing way for patients to get fresh air. The results can be very rewarding. If patients don’t have a garden at home does the practice have one they could visit, or a community garden they could get involved in?
- Getting Out and About!
Walking has become very popular following lockdown. Patients can currently join group walks of up to 6 people.
For more information on how a Social Prescribing session could benefit your GP Practice, get in touch with the Thornfields team on 0333 240 4055 or by visiting the Thornfields website.