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Social Prescribing

Key Information


What is social prescribing? 

Social prescribing - sometimes referred to as community referral - is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other health and care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Social prescribing is a non-medical prescription which involves engaging with the person and connecting them to the right services for what the individual needs at that time. Trained community link workers are stationed at local GP surgeries or meet people out in the community to discuss their health. 

Following a successful trial in early 2018, social prescribing has been rolled out across all GP Practices in the East Riding. 

Link workers are based in all East Riding GPs and offer social prescribing to local residents to ensure the right support is made available to them when they need it. Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. 

Issues they can help with include social activities, how to meet new friends, exercise classes to improve mental and physical wellbeing and long term conditions groups; in some areas, debt and welfare support or supporting residents to implement their own community-based projects.

How to contact the East Riding Social Prescribing Team

To speak to a member of the team or to make an appointment, call free on 0800 9177752 or email Individuals can receive a call back within an hour by texting the word - healthy to 60163

Find out more about social prescribing

By visiting the website here. Or watch this video to find out about the work that's going on in our community and how it's helping local people. 


The National Academy for Social Prescribing is a relatively new charitable organisation dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation. One of their key objectives is to raise the profile of social prescribing - visit their website for more insights and sign up to their new weekly podcast 'Podcast on Prescription'. website