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Helen Clarke

Lead Social Prescriber

Social prescribing is a relatively new concept that places patients at the centre of their own non-clinical care, highlighting the ethos of “what matters to me,”  The aim is to help people discover ways to feel better and improve how they feel in a manner that supports their own decision making.

Social Prescribing offers help and support that doesn’t come in a tube or a bottle but instead through engagement with local and community based groups and resources to aid support, encourage participation and help reduce the impact of loneliness and isolation.

Helen has worked for many years in coaching, counselling and educational roles.  Helen is available to listen to 'What matters to you' and to help support you to improve health and wellbeing. This may involve connecting you to people and community groups or services for practical support.

Helen is leading our growing social prescribing team. You can read about the other members below.

How it works:

  • After a discussion with one of our team the hope is to agree a plan to help you achieve your goals through exploring what’s important in your life and identifying what services locally will benefit / help you,
  • You will be assisted in being signposted to services, community groups and support in your local area, which may include:
    • Healthy lifestyle & activity: Nutrition, diet & exercise, accessible to all (no matter your current level).
    • Arts, music, outdoors & creativity,
    • Befriending, counselling & other support groups,
    • Housing, benefits, financial support & advice,
    • Employment, training & volunteering,
    • Education & learning,
    • Getting involved in your community, 
    • Accessing specialist service & support.

    Our social prescribing team will be there for you whilst you are on this journey, follow up appointments are available to ensure you are happy with the process and ensuring you are on the right track to reaching your goals!

    Rachael Conacher

    Health & Wellbeing Coach

    My name is Rachael Conacher and I am the Health and Wellbeing Coach within the New Forest PCN. I have a keen interest in all things health and fitness related and have played many different sports over the years. I also studied Sport and Exercise Science at university with my main sport being hockey. This past year, I have spent a lot of time increasing my knowledge of Type 2 Diabetes in order to run groups that help people who are Pre-diabetic or Type 2 Diabetic. This is so that they can improve their chance of changing their lifestyle early on and potentially reverse their diagnosis.  I hope to run many more of these courses so that I can help as many patients reduce their risk of Diabetes and live a healthier life as possible.  


    I can also help people with several other issues such as weight loss, mobility problems, social isolation, mental health concerns or simply just talk through the things they think they’d like to change in order to feel better.  

    Diane Briggs

    Social Prescriber

    After working in health and well-being for 26 years I now enjoy being part ofthe NFPCN team. 

    Blending my social prescribing skills with CBT and Yoga therapy skills.

    Focusing on patients registered within our New Forest community and collaborating with local community services. 

    Taking time to listen, be encouraging and allow space for people to consider positive choices and changes in their lives. Then linking people up with the available, varied and supportive local community services.

    Helping people to take a step towards connecting and improving their lives .

    Sue Arkle

    Social Prescriber

    Hello I’m Sue Arkle and I joined the Social Prescribing Team in March 2022. I look after adults over 25.  

    Since 2007 I have been involved in therapy work, both on a one to one basis and running group counselling sessions. I have qualifications in Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and am also a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have worked with people from all walks of life and age groups. 

    My role is to provide the time for patients to talk things through, to find out what matters to them and together, discover practical, non medical solutions to improve their situation.  

    I am an avid reader and enjoy walking my dog in the beautiful New Forest and on the local beaches.  

    What is Social Prescribing?

    Check out the video below

    Areas that can be assisted with include:

    Connecting with

    Your Community

    Support with Day

    to Day Living 

    Being Healthy

    & Well 

    Hobbies & Interests

    Getting Out & Active

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