Social Prescribing

Take control of your own health!

Social Prescribing Wandsworth is an exciting new service delivered by Enable commissioned by NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Wandsworth GP Practices, Wandsworth Council and the voluntary and community sector.

What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing supports you to take control of your own health by connecting you to support within the community. It is a new initiative introduced by the NHS England as part of their long term plan to improve personalised care.

Social Prescribing involves meeting with professionally trained Link Workers, who give individual time to focus on ‘what matters to you’ and take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. This could include supporting with things like managing stress, loneliness, finding social groups, learning new skills, physical activity or getting information on employment, benefits, housing and legal advice.

What does a Link Worker do?

Link Workers are based within GP practices and can spend up to 45 minutes on individual consultations. During consultations, Link Workers will:

  • Explore what is important to you and your current wellbeing
  • Identify the local activities or services that you might benefit from
  • Support and encourage you to start using services that can help them
  • Provide ongoing support and motivation through follow up appointments

Social Prescribing is designed to support in ‘non-medical’ ways, providing practical support that can make a real impact on your health and wellbeing.

How can I access Social Prescribing?

The following practices take part in Social Prescribing Wandsworth delivered by Enable:

Balham Health Centre St Pauls Cottage
Battersea Fields Practice Streatham Park Surgery
Battersea Rise Group Practice The Alton Practice
Bedford Hill Family Practice The Begg Practice
Bolingbroke Medical Centre The Danebury Avenue Surgery
Bridge Lane Group Practice The Greyswood Practice
Brocklebank Group Practice The Haider Practice
Chartfield Surgery The Heathbridge Practice
Chatfield Health Care The Mayfield Surgery
Clapham Junction Medical Practice The Junction Medical Practice
Falcon Road Medical Practice The Practice Furzedown
Grafton Medical Partners The Roehampton Lane Surgery
Lavender Hill Group Practice Tooting Bec Surgery
Open Door Surgery Tooting South Medical Centre
Putneymead Group Medical Practice Trinity Medical Centre
Queenstown Road Surgery Tudor Lodge Health Centre

If you are registered at a GP practice above and would like support from a social prescribing link worker, please discuss the service with your GP who can make a referral.

Voluntary and Community Groups

Social Prescribing helps people in Wandsworth access the amazing support that is available within the community. Wandsworth has vibrant voluntary and community sector which hosts a wide variety of services and activities. Social Prescribing aims to support these existing community groups and work collaboratively.

We have put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheet to help you explain the service model. Click here to view.

If you are a voluntary or community group within wandsworth and would like to get involved in Social Prescribing, please get in touch. If you would like to sign up to receive referrals, please click this link to download the form and email the completed form to waccg.socialprescribing@nhs.net

Does Social Prescribing help?

Emerging evidence shows that Social Prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes, such as improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing. In addition, research shows that social prescribing can reduce the amount of GP appointments and hospital admissions.

Click here to find out more about the benefits of social prescribing.

Get in touch

Please contact us for more information on 02039590031 or email waccg.socialprescribing@nhs.net