Social Prescribing

The Elms now employs two Social Prescribers.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing is about helping people find ways to improve their health and wellbeing by linking them up with what’s going on in their local area.  Social prescribing seeks to move away from a medical model and towards a holistic person-centred, or family-centred, view of well-being, identifying the root causes of the individual’s and/or family’s issues and tackling them head on, to connect them into community-based support, and making the most of community and informal support.

Social prescribing link workers (SPLWs), also known as navigators, provide an important function of social prescribing. SPLWs spend time with patients, identifying their needs and preferences, wellbeing goals and then supporting patients to access community services that are right for them. 


What activities can patients be prescribed?

Types of activities are varied but often include: art classes, singing, gardening groups, faith groups, walking groups, volunteering and employment support, welfare and benefits advice, support to navigate through support options. 

Anyone can link patients with community services, patients can also self-refer.


Harpenden Town Council is supporting a new initiative called Harpenden Cares, It is a community-led response to the Coronavirus involving many of our fantastic voluntary groups including out very own Harpenden Health PCN Social Prescriber. They are already supporting many of our local patients who are at risk, or shielding at home. They are offering help and advice where needed and have proven to be a trusted source of information. Click on the following link for further information:


If you are a Redbourn patient, why not call the 'Redbourn Corona Volunteer Group.' It is funded by St Albans Council. Simply call  01582 794550 between 9am  - 12pm  

For all our patients who are in the medically, extremely vulnerable high-risk category , click on this link: for government support. You can register on behalf of someone if they can not do it themselves.

You can also register for one of the local volunteer support schemes at

Harpenden and St Albans Community Leaflet COVID Community Leaflet

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