Evaluation of social prescribing in Waltham forest
'Evaluation of social prescribing in Waltham Forest' (Jun 2017)
Social prescribing users at follow up (N=48) recorded positive changes in all indicators (mental well-being, health, well-being, quality of life, and patient activation) with the last three of these being statistically significant. Health outcomes improved from a very low starting position, thus more work needs to be done to ensure that users achieve satisfactory levels of health and well-being.
The Social Return on Investment (SROI) showed that for £1 invested in the social prescribing service in Waltham Forest, the expected return to society could range between £1.09 and £1.92. This is considered a good investment, despite being below the average reported by other studies (£1:£2.3).