Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service
'Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service' (Nov 2016)
More than 90 per cent of service users made progress against at least one well- being outcome measure and more than 60 per cent made progress against four or more measures. Service users who provided an initially low score against each outcome measure made the greatest amount of progress and the areas where progress was most marked included 'work, volunteering and social groups', 'feeling positive', 'lifestyle' and 'managing symptoms'. These findings were reinforced by qualitative case studies which found that social prescribing provided service users with something to look forward to that prevented isolation, increased confidence and improved happiness in a way that developed and utilised skills in new and interesting areas.
It is estimated that the well-being benefits experienced by service users equate to social value of up to £432,000: a social return on investment of £2.19 for every £1 invested in the pilot.