Social Prescribing Referrals


Is your patient experiencing poor physical and/or mental health?

Is your client feeling overly isolated and not socially active?

Are you struggling with debt, housing, benefits, or substance misuse?


Refer Into Social Prescribing

The BPRCVS Social Prescribing Programme is an excellent service improving the health and wellbeing of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale residents through non-medical interventions.

We accept referrals from GP’s, health practitioners and social workers. We also accept self-referrals from individuals or their family. 

If the person being referred into social prescribing lives outside of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, our colleagues at HRVCVS also run the same social prescribing programme (called Community Connectors at HRVCVS) throughout Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

What Data Do We Collect

During the referral process we collect the following data:

  • Date of referral
  • Where the referral came from
  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Telephone number
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Date of birth
  • Preferred language spoken
  • GP name
  • GP practice
  • NHS number
  • Who lives with the patient
  • If you've opted out under the National Data Opt Out (NDOO)
  • Reason(s) for referral i.e. social isolation, depression, housing, financial issues, physical health, etc.
  • Next of kin or emergency contact information
  • Referrer's contact details
  • Whether it is safe for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to visit the patient alone
  • Whether there is a risk of infection
  • Any other relevant information relating to the particular referral
  • Referrer's name and email if they wish to receive feedback
  • Client consent

The check box to show that verbal consent has been obtained from the client must be ticked otherwise BPRCVS cannot act upon the referral. It will be returned to sender and asked to obtain consent. Without the patient's approval no data provided will be entered into any of our systems and all paper copies will be securely destroyed. 

To see your rights as a data subject and to find out how your data is used please see our Privacy Policy.

How Long Does A Referral Take

Whether you, your GP, health professional, social worker, or other agency/organisation worker refers into the programme, all referrals are treated the same. Upon receipt of the referral our team will allocate the referral to an available Social Prescribing Link Worker based in the area of the person being referred. Typically all referrals are processed within a maximum of 5 working days and a Link Worker will contact the person to arrange an initial assessment within a further 5 working days.

GP Referrals

GP's can refer via a task in EMIS as a patient note using the reference code: Social Prescribing.

Any agency helping and supporting clients who feel they would benefit from what Social Prescribing has to offer can refer into the Social Prescribing Programme.

Referral Forms

Download a Social Prescribing Referral Form here (.docx Word version)

Download a Social Prescribing Referral Form here (PDF version)


What Happens Next

Once you've submitted the referral form our Social Prescribing admin team will put the referral into our system and allocate a suitable and available Link Worker. The Link Worker will in turn contact the person referred to arrange an initial assessment. The purpose of the initial assessment is to begin building rapport, to establish further the person's needs, and to obtain any more information that may be necessary so that actions can be explored.


Talk To The Team

You can discuss Social Prescribing with one of our trusted, dedicated team on 01282 433740 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be more than happy to help.