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Welcome to Twin Oaks Medical Centre's new website, we hope you will find it informative, useful and we welcome your feedback about it. We will try to keep it up to date as possible with surgery changes such as new patient services available to you, COVID changes, vaccine news and latest news.

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NHS Launches Campaign To Tell Patients About the Support Available at GP Practices

The wider practice team includes Clinical Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Physician Associates, Mental Health Therapists, Social Prescribing Link Workers and more. This campaign is intended to promote understanding amongst patients of what many of these roles do and how the wider team of healthcare professionals can support delivery of their care.

The wider practice team includes Clinical Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Physician Associates, Mental Health Therapists, Social Prescribing Link Workers and more. This campaign is intended to promote understanding amongst patients of what many of these roles do and how the wider team of healthcare professionals can support delivery of their care.

What is social Prescribing?

Social prescribing - Improve health and enjoyment in life

What is social prescribing?

At its most basic, a social prescription offers the kind of help that doesn’t come in a tube or bottle. Instead, a link worker, sometimes called a 'wellbeing link worker' or 'social prescribing link worker' creates your own social prescription to provide support that will help you access activities to improve health and enjoyment in life.

What is a wellbeing/social prescribing link worker?

A link worker gives people their time and seeks to address individuals’ needs in a holistic way, focusing on ‘what matters to you’. They can connect people to community groups and relevant services for practical and emotional support, as well as helping individuals to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing.

What could a social prescription include?

A personalised care and support plan developed between you and a  link worker could include creative activities such as art, dance and singing. Or it could be walking football, gardening, fishing or knitting groups. And it might also be to services such as debt counselling, housing and other practical support agencies. It will depend on what your own priorities are.

How can social prescribing help me?

Some of the health and social benefits include:

  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • Reduced isolation or loneliness
  • More motivation and energy
  • Improved mood
  • More confidence
  • Reduced pain and fewer symptoms
  • A more active mind

How do I make an appointment to see a link worker?

You will need to contact your GP practice to find out if this service is available to you. If so, you can make an appointment yourself. GPs and practice nurses can also refer you to a link worker and receptionists may automatically book you in with a link worker if you are suitable for this service.

Social prescribing - Improve health and enjoyment in life

What is social prescribing?

At its most basic, a social prescription offers the kind of help that doesn’t come in a tube or bottle. Instead, a link worker, sometimes called a 'wellbeing link worker' or 'social prescribing link worker' creates your own social prescription to provide support that will help you access activities to improve health and enjoyment in life.

What is a wellbeing/social prescribing link worker?

A link worker gives people their time and seeks to address individuals’ needs in a holistic way, focusing on ‘what matters to you’. They can connect people to community groups and relevant services for practical and emotional support, as well as helping individuals to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing.

What could a social prescription include?

A personalised care and support plan developed between you and a  link worker could include creative activities such as art, dance and singing. Or it could be walking football, gardening, fishing or knitting groups. And it might also be to services such as debt counselling, housing and other practical support agencies. It will depend on what your own priorities are.

How can social prescribing help me?

Some of the health and social benefits include:

  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • Reduced isolation or loneliness
  • More motivation and energy
  • Improved mood
  • More confidence
  • Reduced pain and fewer symptoms
  • A more active mind

How do I make an appointment to see a link worker?

You will need to contact your GP practice to find out if this service is available to you. If so, you can make an appointment yourself. GPs and practice nurses can also refer you to a link worker and receptionists may automatically book you in with a link worker if you are suitable for this service.