More ‘social prescribers’ to ease pressure on GPs

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The number of workers trained to prescribe social activities, like exercise groups and art classes, to GP patients who don’t need pills, is set to rise, under NHS England plans.

The aim is that “link workers” will support GPs and reduce their workload.

A link worker’s role is to help patients find suitable community activities to improve their health and wellbeing.

The NHS says more than 1,000 will be recruited by 2020-21.

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