Here are some of the areas that we regularly assist local residents with:

  • Exercise & Healthy Eating
  • Financial problems
  • Housing problems
  • Employment support
  • Education
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Social Connection

When a referral is made to the service a dedicated Social Prescriber will work with the individual to understand their needs and find the appropriate local support they require. Our team strives to create a friendly environment that enables individuals to comfortably voice their concerns in a private setting.

Healthcare professionals can refer individuals they believe can benefit from social prescribing and Tower Hamlets residents can also seek out the support of the service themselves (see the ‘Accessing Social Prescribing’ section).

Our Key Aims

Prevention

By addressing the wider social factors affecting health and wellbeing, we hope to prevent the development of associated complications when such factors are left unaddressed.

Self-Care

Empowering residents to play an active role in their health and wellbeing, by developing a greater understanding of the local social support available, and by building resident’s confidence in accessing such support.

Personalisation and Collaborative Working

Improving the local offer as it relates to a person-centred view of health and wellbeing. This is done by enabling residents to work co-operatively with health care providers to plan suitable interventions.

We’ve Been Busy

  • In the financial year of 2020-21, we saw over 8000 referrals into the service. 
  • Notable areas of support identified - Financial, Housing, Mental Health, Exercise/Healthy Eating
  • We supported over 350 of the most vulnerable residents identified by the Council during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.  

Accessing Social Prescribing

Social Prescribers currently work within GP practices across Tower Hamlets’ seven Primary Care Networks. Each GP practice has an allocated Social Prescriber who works closely with clinicians such as GPs and Nurses who refer patients to the social prescribing service where they feel that they will benefit from our support. 

If you wish to refer yourself to the service, you can contact your GP practice reception or you can use our Self-Referral form here to refer yourself.

If you are a non-primary care healthcare professional who wishes to refer into the service, you can use our Healthcare Professional Referral form here

Resources

What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing across North East London

A Patient's Perspective