Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

“Social Prescribing is a service that can link you in to a range of community support, services and groups, and help you to attend. We will work with you to help you achieve your wellbeing goals; we can’t do it for you, but we will be there with a listening ear, a holding hand and all the information you need about what Macclesfield has to offer.”

What is the Macclesfield Living Well Social Prescribing Service?

The Macclesfield Social Prescribing service is being offered from within your GP practice. It aims to support you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you. To find out more about the service, click on the image opposite to view our leaflet.

We have a team of Link Workers, who are assigned to specific practices, they will contact you to discuss what help you need and the best way to support you. Appointments could be face-to-face, by telephone, or even via home visits if appropriate.


Please note that during the current situation, face-to-face appointments are not going ahead, but our Link Workers are offering support via phone and video consultations. 

Meet the Team

Amy Rowlands

Social Prescribing Team Leader

Emma Douglas

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Emma Wilson

Social Prescribing Link Worker

How to access the Service

At the moment, we are only able to take referrals from your GP, nurse or health visitor. If they feel that you would benefit from the support of this service, with your consent, they will make a referral to a Social Prescribing Link Worker. Your Link Worker will then be in touch to arrange your first appointment.


Click on the image below to view our latest newsletter.

Winter 2020

How has Social Prescribing helped during Covid-19?

The Social Prescribing Service only launched at the start of this year, so when lockdown was announced we very quickly had to find a new way of working, as we could no longer see patients face-to-face, and many services and support were shut. We turned our focus to supporting people who might need help during the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • We have made over 1500 wellbeing phone calls to patients to check how they are getting on and if they need any additional support
  • We have linked patients to many invaluable NHS Volunteers, who have helped with shopping and prescription collections
  • We have connected people in need to local services and support
  • We have supported over 100 patients who were feeling isolated or lonely, by calling them regularly
  • We have continued to accept referrals from GPs for anyone who needed some extra support

It has been fantastic to speak to so many people in the community and hear the amazing stories of everyone pulling together, but for those who did not have support, I am so glad we could help.

How to Contact Us

Once you are referred to the service, your Link Worker will be in touch to introduce themselves and arrange your first appointment.  If you need to contact us before this, or have a general query about the service, please don’t hesitate to pop us an email by clicking here.