What is Social Prescribing?
A social prescriber offers non-clinical support to patients to empower them to take greater control over their health and wellbeing by setting goals, and addressing problems and issues that the individual brings to the conversation. This gives the individual the opportunity to talk about what really matters to them.
The social prescribers role is to empower the individual to access relevant resources or services within the community.
Our social prescribers
Our social prescribers at Monifieth Medical Practice are Clive Goldstraw and Jackie Collins (from Voluntary Action Angus). One of the social prescribers is at the practice Monday to Friday, all day.
Clive Goldstraw has over 30 years’ experience mainly at managerial level, working within a large organisation. During this time he gained much knowledge and experience, which enables me to help and support others in all aspects of life. He takes great pleasure helping people work through a range of issues that every one of us can experience at some point throughout our life. It is often hard to know where to turn for support.
Clive says: "Over the past couple of years I have been lucky and feel privileged to work alongside the fantastic Doctors, community nurses, reception staff and everyone else within medical practice. I enjoy helping and supporting many clients navigate through the minefield that is called life. I spend time with clients to explore what matters to you and help you identify local support or activities which can help to improve your health and wellbeing."
Jackie is one of our social prescribers.
Jackie says: "I have over 30 years experience working for the Civil Service. Whilst working there I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of my time helping and supporting clients who have had to deal with life changing events such as bereavement, relationship breakdowns, addictions, redundancy and coming to terms with the diagnosis of long term health conditions. I have worked with many external organisations in order to help the clients I have supported. My role as a Social Prescriber has been very rewarding. I get a great deal of satisfaction supporting patients and helping them deal with challenging situations. If I cannot help patients personally I will contact external organisations to help support them."
We also have Penumbra Peer Support Mental Health workers at the practice from Monday to Friday (also all day).
How can a social presciber help?
Here are some examples of what your social prescriber can assist with:
- Social isolation and loneliness
- Emotional wellbeing
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Getting out and about
- Life changing events such as birth, retirement and bereavement
- Long term health conditions
- Loss of confidence/purpose
- Poor health linked to housing or
- Struggling with financial issues accessing work, training or volunteering
- Accessing work, training or volunteering
Read more in our social prescribing leaflet.
All appointments for social prescribers are by telephone at present due to COVID. Please call reception on 01382 534301 for details.
Monifieth Medical Practice is proud to have provided personal medical care to the majority of the residents of Monifieth, in Angus, Scotland, since the 1960s.
Our aim is to provide a range of high quality, patient-centric, primary health care services delivered by committed and well-trained staff.