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Social Prescriber

Community Support in the Braintree District

Click on the Community Support 360 link below to read about community support available to you  – community transport, Essex Wellbeing Service, Citizens Advice, Foodbanks etc

Community Support 360

Social Prescribing is now at Hedingham Medical Centre.


What is Social Prescribing?

Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, Social Prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs.  The extent to which we have control over our lives, have good social connections and live in healthy, safe neighbourhoods are all important influences on health.

It seeks to address people’s needs across a number of areas such as physical activity, diet and nutrition, mental health and social support. It is often referred to as a ‘more than medicine’ approach to health and wellbeing.



Meet Oliver, a 56 year old man who had a stroke 6 months ago.

The stroke affected Oliver’s speech and mobility slightly.

He’s felt isolated since and lacks social connections due to his family living in another city.

Oliver needs help with motivation to keep up exercising.

Oliver is also experiencing symptoms of mild depression and anxiety.


How to refer in to Social prescribing clinic


You can self-refer via the Reception team, or by calling/emailing the Social prescribing Link Worker.

Your GP may refer you after discussing during your appointment

A range of other people may refer you to the service from other organisations, such as Social Services, Housing Associations, Fire & Rescue, Hospitals etc.


The service is Free of charge and confidential.  The support you will access is tailored to your needs.  You may be part of a linked service, where you are being looked after by several people, such as GP, Health Coach and Social Prescriber.  Your support will be tailored to incorporate all levels of care you require for maximum benefit to you.


Should you wish to discuss anything further, or refer in to the service, please contact;

Teresa Sparks

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Phone: 07472 405603

Email: [email protected]


Jenny Bartlett

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Phone 07311 317069

Email: [email protected]

Date published: 19th November, 2020
Date last updated: 20th March, 2023