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Academic reviews of social prescribing

Source Title Date Category
University of Manchester Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality. A systematic review of the evidence 2016-12 Review
University of Westminster A review of the evidence assessing impact of social prescribing to healthcare demand and cost implications 2017-06 Review
Leeds Beckett University Understanding the effectiveness and mechanisms of a social prescribing service: a mixed method analysis 2018 Review
University of Westminster Searching for Real-World Effectiveness of Health Care Innovations: Scoping Study of Social Prescribing for Diabetes 2017-02 Diabetes
Public Health Wales Social Prescribing in Wales 2018-05 Overview
University of Westminster Making sense of Social Prescribing 2017 Guidelines
Sheffield Hallam University Social prescribing 'plus': a model of asset-based collaborative innovation? 2017-10 Review
Sheffield Hallam University Evaluating social innovations and their contribution to social value: the benefits of a 'blended value' approach 2017 Case Study
NHS Health Scotland Social prescribing for mental health: background paper 2015-12 Review
University of York Evidence to inform the commissioning of social prescribing 2015-02 Review
University of Bath Preparing the prescription: a review of the aim and measurement of social referral programmes 2017-08 Review

Evaluation reports of local Social Prescribing services and pilots

Source Title Date Category
AGE UK Lewisham and Southwark Evaluation of Lewisham Safe and Independent Living (SAIL) Connections 2018-02 SROI
Wessex Academic Health Science Network How we are evaluating the impact of new care models on how people feel in Wessex 2017-11 Mixed Methods
Wessex Academic Health Science Network Social Prescribing in Wessex: Understanding its impact and supporting spread 2017-05 R Outcomes
KSCS & NHS West London CCG Kensington and Chelsea Self Care and Social Prescribing Social Return on Investment report 2018-01 SROI
Healthy Dialogues Ltd East Merton Social Prescribing Pilot Evaluation Report 2018-07 Mixed Methods
Tower Hamlets Together Social Prescribing in Tower Hamlets Evaluation of Borough-wide Roll Out 2018-03 Mixed Methods
University of East London Evaluation of social prescribing in Waltham forest 2017-06 Mixed Methods
University of East London City and Hackney Social Prescribing Service: Evaluation report 2015-12 Mixed Methods
Mind in Bexley and Canterbury Christ Church University Social Prescribing in Bexley Pilot Evaluation Report 2017-01 Mixed Methods
Sheffield Hallam University Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service 2016-11 Mixed Methods
Sheffield Hallam University Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing pilot 2016-12 Mixed Methods
Sheffield Hallam University Evaluation of Doncaster Social Prescribing Service: understanding outcomes and impact 2016-12 Qualitative
University of West England Gloucestershire clinical commissioning groups social prescribing service: Evaluation report 2016-11 Mixed Methods
University of West England Measuring the economic impact of Wellspring Healthy Living Centre's Social Prescribing Wellbeing Programme for low level mental health issues encountered by GP services 2014-03 SROI


In the past three years, the Centre has completed 16 systematic reviews on wellbeing and culture and sport, work and learning and community wellbeing. The ‘knowledge bank’ is the Centre’s very early step to bring all the main findings, the evidence statements and gaps from these reviews together into one searchable excel spreadsheet: https://whatworkswellbeing.org/product/evidence-knowledge-bank-draft/