With the NHS in crisis, a new way of treating people needs to be found. GP surgeries across the country are turning to social prescribers – someone who links into community groups, voluntary organisations and local leisure centres and gyms to provide ‘alternative treatments’.
The rise in obesity has led to an increase in diabetes, mobility issues and heart problems. Instead of immediately handing out medication, Doctors are turning to social prescribers who will work with patients to get them more active with walking groups or concessions at leisure centres. This not only helps reduce the causes of their physical health problems, but can also help with mental health by providing regular social interaction.
The health service is in crisis, this seems like the right time to change how we think about the NHS and instead of a ‘cure all’ make it more of a triage to direct people to the best source of help and support.