Welcome to Social Prescribing 




What is Social Prescribing? 

Some problems can’t be fixed by medicine alone; with Social Prescribing you can get specialist support for more than medical issues. Our Social Prescriber’s can help you take control of your health and the care you receive. We are here to focus on what matters to you and to support you navigate services within your community that could benefit you. 


This could include linking you to services that may focus on: 

  • Social connections or hobbies & skills  
  • Healthy lifestyles 
  • Befriending or counselling support groups 
  • Housing, benefits & financial advice 
  • Employment, education or volunteering 

Accessing the Social Prescribing service is free however some external services may require a fee however the Social Prescriber will work to find alternatives if required.   

How Does it Work? 

A member of your GP practice team may suggest a referral to the social prescribing service. One of our social prescribers will contact you to discuss your interests and what matters to you.   

They may invite you to come and see them at the GP practice or arrange to meet you elsewhere - this could be at your home or somewhere else in the community, it’s up to you!   

They will then work closely with you to identify local services and support that work for you. 



Practices We Cover: 

  • Alvaston Medical Centre 
  • Chellaston Medical Centre 
  • Haven Medical Centre 
  • Hollybrook Medical Centre 
  • Parkfields Medical Centre 
  • Village Surgery 
  • Wellbrook Medical Centre 
  • Willington Surgery 

Meet The Team 

Lucy Gibson 

What brought you to social prescribing? 

My previous professions have all focussed on viewing people’s health holistically and working with all age groups so when I was looking for a new challenge Social Prescribing seemed to be a good fit.  

What's the best thing about your job? 

Our work is led by the patients that we talk to so we know that we are focussing on what is important to them and allowing people to feel listened to and choose what is best for them.  

In an ideal world, what does the future hold for social prescribing in Derby​? 

In an ideal world Social Prescribing would lead to hundreds of people across Derby and Derbyshire feeling more connected to the communities they are a part of. Plus lots of cups of tea.  

What's your favourite hobby? 

I enjoy visiting new places and have a list of new cities I want to visit. Every time I cross a place off 3 more get added on so that list is only ever getting longer.   


Matthew Parr 

What brought you to social prescribing? 

I’ve always had a passion for making new connections and helping things grow. Social Prescribing lets me make connections with a lot if new and existing services and to also connect patients to those services so that they can benefit from the network. 

What's the best thing about your job? 

The best thing about my job is getting to meet new people and helping them make changes and connections that will hopefully benefit them. Joining the dots from one service to another and then to a patient and seeing it all work is a brilliant feeling. 

In an ideal world, what does the future hold for social prescribing in Derby? 

What's your favourite hobby? 

I really enjoy running and cycling, living in Derbyshire I’m really lucky to be able to get out and explore the beautiful surroundings available to me. 

What's your favourite place? 

My favourite place has always been Sherwood Pines forest. I’ve been visiting since I was 11 years old and it holds a special place in my heart. 

What's your favourite quote? 

Every ending is a new beginning. 



Toyah Brookes 

What brought you to social prescribing?  

I want to be able to help patients in the community to have happier and healthier lives and be a part of a community again 

What's the best thing about your job?  

Hearing and seeing the success stories of patients whether that be from our team or another team 

In an ideal world, what does the future hold for social prescribing in Derby​?  

Hopefully we will have lots of happy patients and more funding for more services in the community  

What's your favourite hobby?  

I enjoy dogs walks with my little puppy, Bear, and I also enjoy doing fun runs with my children :) 

What's your favourite place?  

Relaxing in my garden in the sun 



An Example of Social Prescribing  

Bill was his wife’s full time carer and has been feeling depressed since she died. He would like to get out of the house and regain some purpose in his life.    

The social prescriber has the time and the skills to listen and support Bill in identifying community services and activities that work for him. This might include a local walking group, a Men in Sheds group or local bereavement 

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