Social prescribing

Ruils Social Prescribing Richmond 

Social prescribing supports people to take control of their health and wellbeing by connecting them with activities and support in their local community.

In Richmond, this service is delivered by Ruils, a local charity that supports people to live independently, in partnership with the Richmond GP Alliance.

It starts with a GP or other health care professional making a referral to one of the Ruils link workers, who will then meet with the person to find out more about them and what they want to achieve or change.

The link worker spends time getting to know the person and together they explore different options available in the local community. This could include supporting people with things like managing stress, loneliness, finding social groups, learning new skills, physical activity or getting information on employment, benefits, housing and legal advice.

There are 15 link workers based within GP practices across the borough. They work with a group of practices who have all come together to offer a wide range of services to their local community. 

Social Prescribing is a new initiative introduced by NHS England as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Early evidence shows that it can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes, such as improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing.

Find out more

Contact Jeanne Davey, Social Prescribing Manager (Interim), for more information.


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