This is an exciting new service delivered by Ruils in partnership with the Richmond GP Alliance. Social Prescribing supports people to take control of their health and wellbeing by connecting them with activities and support in their local community.
It starts with a GP or other health care professional making a referral to one of our link workers, who will then meet with the person to find out more about them and what they are wanting to achieve or change. The link worker spends time getting to know the person and together they explore different options available in the local community. This could include supporting people with things like managing stress, loneliness, finding social groups, learning new skills, physical activity or getting information on employment, benefits, housing and legal advice.
We have 9 link workers who will be based within GP practices across the borough. They work with a group of practices who have all come together to offer a wide range of services to their local community.
Social Prescribing is a new initiative introduced by NHS England as part of their long-term plan. Evidence from the pilots shows that it can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes, such as improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing.
"I am pleased that my GP referred me to your organisation. Today when I had a chat with you it really helped me enormously, you really listened to my present health concerns physically and mentally caused by the Covid19 , I felt that you were very sympathetic to my situation on which made me feel very comfortable talking to you and tell you all about my worries and fears at this present times". Richmond Resident