East Merton Social Prescribing Pilot Evaluation Report
'East Merton Social Prescribing Pilot Evaluation Report' (Jul 2018)
Overall the programme was a marked success. The pilot saw a significant increase in health and wellbeing as well as significant decreases in both GP appointments and A&E attendances in patients referred to the service.
Conversations with patients and stakeholders alike showed that the pilot was highly valued and seen as a necessary service that filled a gap in local needs. Patients credited the programme to improving their wellbeing, bringing them back to recovery and linking them to support close to their doorsteps that they did not otherwise know about.
GPs valued that they are able to provide additional support for patients with wider health and wellbeing needs from within the practice and as a result GPs noted that some patients required fewer appointments with them. Those from the voluntary and community sector services spoke positively about how the programme fills a need in Merton of providing holistic support for patients.