Social Prescribing

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What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing or “community referral”, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

For many people, circumstances beyond the purely medical gives rise to additional worries, issues and needs.  Social Prescribing involves giving people time to focus on “what matters to me” and take a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing, by offering help to access community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.  Helping to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare.

Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.

A video explaining how Social Prescribing may be helpful to you can be found on 

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The Team

Portesham Surgery is pleased to confirm that we are now one of many surgeries across the region offering Social Prescribing to their patients.

Meet our Social Prescribing Team:

Jackie Hicken

Jackie has worked for the NHS for over 10 years and has been with Portesham Surgery since April 2017.  During this time Jackie has been part of the reception and administration team aswell as the surgeries Carers Lead. As Carers Lead (click HERE to access our Carers Page) Jackie established many links within the community in order to support our Carers.  Recently Jackie has now moved into a Patient Services Lead role working alongside the Practice Manager and incorporating Social Prescribing, an extension of the work already undertaken via her Carers Lead role.

Kendal Gourlay

Kendal joined the surgery’s reception team in September 2019 after relocating from Australia.  Kendal previously worked within the educational sector in Scotland for 7 years, and then for 9 years in Australia.  As well as reception, Kendal is now looking forward to incorporating Social Prescribing into her role at the surgery.

You can contact our Social Prescribing Team directly on 01305 871468 or via email at:

Alternatively, speak with your GP for a referral.