A Day in the Life of a Social Prescriber

A Day in the Life of a Social Prescriber

Social Prescriber Yasmin with colleague Vince

Social Prescribers Yasmin and Vince

Hello, my name is Yasmin and I am a social prescriber for CVST, based in Harwich.

Not many people know what a Social Prescriber is, and even fewer know what we do day to day. I’d like to share with you a little look into how a day in my job can go to help everyone understand a little bit more about who we help and how.

Firstly, it’s important to mention that my days vary depending on where I am working. Some days I am at my GP surgeries offering support to patients, and I also run My Weight Matters, which is a free 12 week course to help with weight management.

But for the purpose of this blog, I’m giving you a glimpse of just one day…

My Tuesday

I arrived at The Dovercourt & Harwich hub for work. And as it’s a Tuesday, it is my responsibility to check all of the emails that come through to the Social Prescribing Team and send them over to the relevant social prescriber. I check to see what surgery the person is registered with and then forward the email request or referral on.

On a daily basis I check my tasks on our clinical database to see if there is anything urgent to deal with. After a couple of days annual leave I needed to respond to some emails (including one asking me to write this blog).

Whilst I was checking and responding to emails, a gentleman came in to the hub and asked for me. I have been working with this man for some time now, so it is always nice to see him and to see how he is. I went downstairs to reception and greeted him as normal and he started to cry. We went into the small room so that he had some privacy and a safe space for him to be able to talk. The gentleman (I’ll call him N) has recently been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which came as a shock. His mobility has deteriorated and he found it increasingly difficult to walk. N told me he had requested a walking stick but the referral for this can take some time. We also spoke about other things that will make his life easier, such as helping to apply for a blue badge and some support with completing some benefit forms. We had a long conversation about other things that makes him feel good

After N had left, I then contacted Aid In U, which is a small charity in Harwich and they explained they had a walking stick in stock. I drove down to Parkeston to collect this and phoned up N to tell him the good news. He was thrilled.

I then attended my team meeting (however was 25 minutes late due to collecting walking stick, whoops) We spoke collectively as a team about how we can support one another.

After the team meeting, I walked down to N to drop off his walking stick and then returned to the hub to continue going through my emails of referrals.

I then spoke to a lady who explained she is unable to work due to her health and receives £368 a month in benefits. She said she is struggling financially and has given consent to be referred to the GP Care Advisor for a full benefit check. I will also refer her on for a food and fuel voucher.

I received a referral from Adult Social Care for a lady who needs to have a deep clean done. Due to her health conditions, she is unable to keep her property tidy and this is affecting her mental health. I called her up and spoke to her and we arranged for some companies to go in and provide quotes.

A lady called up and asked for some information on transport to hospital on a Sunday. I called her back and she replied that she had arranged something. We then got talking and she was telling me about her life and all the places she has lived and worked – however now she is feeling very lonely. I asked her what her interests are as I could find a suitable group or club. I spoke about the groups and clubs that we have available at CVST and she showed interest. Due to her health concerns, she would only be able to attend as and when. I informed her of the local cancer support group and she said she would like to attend this. She thanked me for my time and for the information and I explained I would call her next week to see how she is.

Another day as a Social Prescriber finished. No two days are the same. Every day is different. But one thing is the same, I have been able to help members of our community.

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