Today we are celebrating Social Prescribing Day alongside the College of Medicine, the Social Prescribing Network and many other organisations.
Social prescribing provides doctors with alternative and more appropriate ways to support a patient, such as signposting them to complementary therapies, encouraging them to join a walking club, or joining a Knit and Natter group. Schemes across the country have proven successful ways to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and to take pressure off the NHS.
The Social Prescribing network state that their goal is ‘to foster an attitudinal change, to shift the power to the people and local communities, to forge cross-sectoral collaboration, to promote co-design and co-creation, and to ensure social prescribing continues to grow as a grassroots movement.’
In the next issue of International Therapist magazine (Spring 2021, Issue 136) we share an article by link worker, Farrah Idris, MFHT, about her experience of the role since being in the pandemic.
Farrah said, ‘Being a link worker and complementary therapist enables me to have meaningful conversations with patients and empower them to make positive self-led choices. Feeling fulfilled in my work is important to me and my current role certainly achieves that for me.’
Read the full article here.
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