Hackney Social Prescribing Service

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Covid Update

Due to the current situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are enabling our team members to remotely work from home. The welfare of our clients and staff is our highest priority and we are committed to continuing our support to those who need it. We have taken the decision to conduct all sessions and over the telephone until it is safe to return to normal working practices. 

We will be still providing support to individuals and families and are looking for ways to adapt our services to meet the needs of those made most vulnerable. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us at CAHCCG.socialprescribing@nhs.net and we will get back to you.

City and Hackney Social Prescribing Service will still be providing the following:

  • Remotely check in regularly with people who are isolated, elderly, have mental and physical health conditions, or may be negatively impacted by Covid19 measures to monitor how they are coping and what support can be set up for them.
  • Provide electronic resources and services relating to each individual’s needs and issues
  • Keeping our service users updated regarding how services are adapting to support isolated people. For example, what groups are organising grocery-runs and food drop-offs for those who cannot leave the house or are self-isolating

Please consider referring patients who you would like to be checked on, who are isolated and find it difficult to get their needs met, or are facing additional challenges due to services being affected.

The Hackney Social Prescribing Service will assess your patients needs and help to facilitate them into local community based services, e.g. lunch clubs, gardening groups, benefits advice, exercise groups.

Eligibility criteria


  • socially isolated
  • frequent attenders to GP and A&E
  • social problems 
  • mild-moderate mental health problems 
  • any long term condition
  • keen to participate in non-clinical activities but not aware of what’s happening locally  


  • a threat to themselves or others
  • in a crisis situation
  • already has care plan in action from another organisation
  • any uncontrolled mental health issues or addictions
  • unsuitable for group related activities
  • housebound  

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

Email referral form

e: CAHCCG.socialprescribing@nhs.net

Please contact Social Prescribing Wellbeing Coordinator in your GP practice for alternative arrangements.