Social Prescribing Link Workers
Our social prescribing link workers are specialists with a wealth of knowledge and experience about services in Bassetlaw. Anyone over the age of 16 who is registered at any Bassetlaw surgery can access this service. The social prescribing link workers will take the time to discuss with patients the many voluntary, community and statutory services that may help to improve a patients health and wellbeing alongside any existing medical treatment.
The link workers can help to:
- Access information and advice on a wide range of services for the whole family Identify groups which may offer additional support to help patients understand and manage their medical condition.
- Access community social groups by giving a patient a named contact and specific group information
- Access benefits, debt and welfare advice
- Address loneliness and isolation issues by encouraging participation with local activity groups
- Access information and advice on a wide range of services for the whole family
Each Primary Care Network has their own Social Prescribing Link Worker and there is an additional member of the team based at Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service.
Social Prescribing (SP) Privacy Notice
Service user's personal information will be used to enable us to identify the most appropriate support for their needs. Their information will be passed to partner organisations who supply these services. The personal data is collected at the point we receive the Social Prescribing referral form from the health practitioner.
Data collected for the service user includes; NHS number, name, title, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, religion, patients GP’s surgery, telephone number, safeguarding issues, address, emergency contact details, health conditions, disabilities, reasons for referral. The patients’ verbal consent to referral is also recorded.
Data collected for the referrer is limited to; name, organisation, email address.
Data for each service user is stored on password protected cloud based database which can only be accessed an authorised staff member. Their paper file is stored in a lockable filing cabinet based in the SP office. Any archived files are stored in lockable filing cabinets within the SP office. Any lockable cabinets have restricted, pre authorised staff access.
In addition, any information circulated as part of the Service will not include personal information such as name and contact details – reference will only be made to an allocated SP Patient Number for confidentiality. Referral forms being sent to external organisations are also password protected for security.