Social prescribing

There are many local help services available if you are looking for ways to manage your health and wellbeing. Find out more about social prescribing and the support available in your community.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing is an NHS model that helps connect you with the community to manage your health and wellbeing. There are lots of people, activities, groups and services in the community that can help meet your needs. For example, volunteering roles, cooking classes, sports and more.

Getting a social prescribing link worker

You can book directly to see our Social Prescriber at the surgery. 

The Social Prescribing Service is designed to support patients with a wide range of social, emotional and practical needs. Recognising that health is determined by social, economic and environmental factors. Social prescribing seeks to address patient’s needs in a broad and holistic way. Some of the patients who access the service are worried about their financial situation or housing, feeling very lonely and isolated or stuck and unhappy.

Rachel Dawson and Theo Martin, the Social Prescribers at Newbridge Surgery, work with patients over a short period of time to explore what most matters to them and through guided conversations, identifies solutions which will improve their general wellbeing. This often involves linking patients with services and activities in the community.

Patients 18 and over can access the service by booking a telephone triage  appointment.

Minerva PCN Social Prescribers

Rachel Dawson

Meet the Team – Newbridge Surgery (

NHS resources

If you would like more information on social prescribing in England, then we recommend visiting the NHS website. The website has lots of resources and further information on the NHS England social prescribing programme.

Community hub

There are lots of local groups, services and activities that you can get involved in. Find out what’s going on in your community.