Jan 28, 2019

More 'social prescribers' to ease pressure on GPs

The number of workers trained to prescribe social activities, like exercise groups and art classes, to GP patients who don't need pills, is set to rise, under NHS England plans. The aim is that "Link workers" will support GPs and reduce their workload. A link worker's role is to help patients find suitable community activities to improve their health and wellbeing. The NHS says more than 1,000 will be recruited by 2020-21. "I'm more energetic, more upbeat and people come to me for advice on health now." She said ensuring that GPs have "Good, easy access to people who can link patients with classes or groups in the community, which could be of more benefit than any medicine..." is something doctors have been calling for for a long time.

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