Social prescribing can build resilience, give a patient control over their care, create bonds within communities and eases demand on primary care once these ties to local community and voluntary sectors are made. The introduction of link workers will help grow social-prescribing and empower people to take control of their own health and wellbeing.
At Penny Brohn UK we recognise that people living with cancer need more than medicine. We have led the way in person-centred holistic care for nearly 40 years and offer a number of services that fit into social-prescribing such as Nordic walking, creative retreats, yoga and our Penny Brohn choir; and have valuable research into the benefits of these services for people living with cancer. Many people with cancer who have used our services have gone on to become volunteers or peer leaders or even set up other support and self-help services in their own localities, showing that investing in social prescribing which supports people to self-manage, quickly leads to an increase in overall social capital, with far-reaching benefits.
We welcome the introduction of link workers as part of NHS England’s plans to personalise care and look forward to strengthening this approach to enable even more people with cancer to benefit from our innovative approach.
For more information about social prescribing visit The Social Prescribing Network.