Social Prescribing


Figures from the NHS show that 1 in 5 people who attend a clinical appointment at their local GP do not need a biomedical consultation.


  • Social Prescribing wants "to support people with a range of emotional, physical and mental health needs to better access support, largely in the community, to improve their lives” (Mick Ward, Associate at Nuture Development and at Health Innovation Lab, London Southbank University)


Conscious that Community Building is done best by the people that live in those Communities, Croydon Voluntary Action are working toward a Social Prescribing initiative that is driven by ABCD principles and building partnerships between: Citizens, VCS organizations, statutory services and the NHS. CVA seeks to support the growth of Social Prescribing alongside the growth of the capacity of Croydon’s VCS sector and the development of a coordinated borough wide approach that benefits everyone. Partnership working as ever is crucial, we seek to work with all stakeholders of Social Prescribing to capitalize on this opportunity to build stronger alliances between GP surgery’s and the local community.

Social Prescribing Link Workers are employed by PCN’s (Primary Care Networks) to support GP’s, individuals and communities to become more integrated within their local area to support resident's health and wellbeing. Supporting people through signposting, coaching, encouragement and community development.


  • “When social prescribing works well, people can be easily referred to Link Workers from a wide range of agencies, including general practice, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. Self-referrals to and from community groups is also encouraged.” NHS England