Social Prescribing


What is Social Prescribing?

The aim of Social Prescribing is to help people make positive changes to their personal wellbeing, identify and link people with appropriate support in the community, and assist people with developing personal goals.

Support available includes advice on:

  • Healthy living
  • Weight management
  • Lifestyle
  • Maintaining physical and mental wellbeing
  • Supporting independence – mobility and equipment
  • Looking after someone
  • Getting out and about
  • Home adaptations
  • Money worries
  • Social inclusion

Social prescribing is ‘more than just medicine’ – it’s a new way to help people find support with their social, emotional and practical wellbeing. A Citizens Advice report, published in May 2015, suggested nearly a fifth of GPs consultation time was spent dealing with non-medical issues.

Throughout the UK, social prescribing projects are transforming wellbeing in the community and helping to ease pressure on traditional health and social care services.

CVS Tendring offers this free and confidential service that provides practical or emotional support via a team of Link Workers.

Call: 01255 425692


“How social prescribing saved my life”

End of Life Support

CVST’s End of Life Social Prescribing Link Worker is joined to St Helena Hospice and can refer and signpost Tendring residents living with a terminal illness, as well as their families, to additional support resources for issues such as symptom management, activities, benefit checks, counselling, shopping, and medication collection.


Urgent Community Response 

Urgent Community Response (UCR) Service  was previously known as Rapid Response.

This Service provides both care and clinical support to patients at short notice and is available 7 days a week and is accessible through Health and Social Care Professionals.

The aim of UCRS is to support the avoidance of unnecessary admissions to deep wards within the acute hospital by providing holistic, rapid assessments by a fully integrated therapy team, working across North East Essex.

This Service is extremely valuable to patients, who are able to work with our team to avoid an unnecessary hospital admission, or to be able to return home from hospital with support from both our Community Support Workers, overnight sitters of our clinical team.

The UCR Service is available to patients over the age of 18 years of age, who are registered with an Tendring GP. Patients are either currently in Hospital, who are needing some support, either clinical or care support to assist them when they go home, or they are patients, who are acutely unwell, suffering with either a Health or Social Care Crisis, who are at risk of hospital admission. Patients are referred into the Service in the Community, by any of our Health or Social Care Services e.g Doctor, Community Nurse or Hospice Care. The UCR Service is a short-term input, that aims to prevent unnecessary admissions and facilitating timely Hospital Discharges.

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What is social prescribing?

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