Social Prescribing Service
The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service helps people with long term health conditions to access a wide variety of services and activities provided by voluntary organisations and community groups in Rotherham. Social prescribing is part of a wider initiative in Rotherham known as case management. Funded by Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, the case management scheme brings together health, social care and voluntary sector professionals, who work together in a co-ordinated way to plan care for people with long term health conditions. This joint working is known as integrated case management. GPs lead case management teams and are responsible for identifying patients who are eligible for the scheme.
To receive the Social Prescribing Service, you must be registered with a Rotherham GP Practice that is participating in the case management scheme (most Rotherham GP Practices are participating – check with your GP Practice if you are unsure). You must also be referred into the scheme by your GP Practice. If you are eligible, your GP will contact you to ask for your consent to take part in the scheme. If your GP thinks you will benefit from voluntary or community services, you will then be contacted by one of our five Social Prescribing Workers (known as VCS Advisors).
With your consent, the VCS Advisor will arrange to visit you, either in your home or at your GP surgery, to discuss voluntary or community services that could help you to improve your health and wellbeing. This is in addition to any NHS or Social Care support you may already be receiving. Your VCS Advisor will also help you to access services and activities of interest to you if you have any difficulties such as poor mobility, transport or low confidence.
The VCS Advisor will provide your GP case management team with periodic updates on the voluntary and community sector support you have received and whether the services have improved your health and wellbeing. This information will become part of your overall care plan produced by your GP Practice.
The Social Prescribing Service team are employed and managed by Voluntary Action Rotherham.