What is Social Prescribing?
Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker. This provides them with a face-to-face conversation during which they can learn about opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing. People with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find and design their own personal solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’, often using services provided by the voluntary and community sector. It is an innovative and growing movement, with the potential to reduce the financial burden on the NHS, particularly within primary care.
What is the Social Prescribing Network
The Social Prescribing Network consists of health professionals, researchers, academics, social prescribing practitioners, representatives from the community and voluntary sector, commissioners and funders, patients and citizens. We are working together to share knowledge and best practice, to support social prescribing at local and national levels and to inform good quality research and evaluation. Over the past year, we have been setting up regional networks around England and Ireland.
For more information on social prescribing schemes in your area, contacts and up-to-date news and events, please visit the Social Prescribing Network website.