Social Prescribing is a non-medical approach to dealing with health issues. Primary care services can use social prescribing to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services. Often these services are provided as part of a model of partnership between the voluntary and community sector and the NHS. Studies have shown that social prescribing interventions can lead to better social and clinical outcomes for patients, as well as potentially reducing demands on health services.
Regional Voices has developed a number of resources which provide background on the different forms of social prescribing, outline the benefits and give examples of projects where social prescribing is used to make a big difference to the lives of patients and service users.
RAISE briefing - this briefing explains how it works; what benefits it can bring; and who it is suitable for. It also includes links to evidence on the effectiveness of social prescribing in improving health outcomes, and examples of its use.
VSNW briefing - this briefing provides an explanation of social prescribing and outlines some of the benefits. It also gives examples of different models of social prescribing and gives examples of social prescribing schemes.
LVSC briefing - this briefing from March 2017 brings together learning from the project to map social prescribing projects in the London area.
Social Prescribing Maps
These interactive maps give details of social prescribing projects by region, providing details of partners involved, client group, how each model operates and contact details.