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  • The Bromley by Bow Centre, Tower Hamlets, London was founded on the principles of social prescribing and the impact that positive social and learning opportunities have on the social determinants of health. Since the development of the Bromley by Bow Health Centre in 1997, doctors have been referring patients to programmes and projects at the centre. In recent years, funding was received from the local Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP network to expand the work and take the model to include five further local health centres, giving over 40,000 patients access to such local services through social prescribing. The centre partners with Macmillan Cancer Support to create an innovative social-prescribing service for patients living with cancer in Tower Hamlets, City and Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest by referral through GP practices, hospitals, community organisations and self-referral. The centre delivers seminars and events to share its extensive knowledge and learning on social prescribing acquired over the last 18 years.
  • The Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Bristol is another NHS pioneer, which has been evaluated by the University of the West of England.
  • The Social Prescribing Service, Rotherham delivered by Voluntary Action Rotherham is an established and frequently referenced service.
  • The Ways to Wellness, Newcastle is an established partnership in Newcastle including charities, social enterprise and the NHS, working in deprived areas of Newcastle.
  • The City and Hackney Social Prescribing scheme, London is a well evaluated scheme which has focused on isolated people over 50 and those with type 2 diabetes.
  • The Lambeth GP Food Co-op, London is a GP food co-op that builds gardens in GP surgeries in which people (especially those with long-term conditions) are supported to grow food.
  • The Wandsworth Self Management Service (WSMS), delivers a vibrant, multifaceted and inclusive suite of services supporting Self Management, Self Care and Social Prescribing.
  • Social Prescribing in the London Borough of Camden - Team Around the Practice (TAP) is an innovative partnership between Mind in Camden and Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust that provides emotional and practical support to people accessing GP practices in Camden. Patients can receive up to three sessions of social prescribing to help people identify and reach recovery goals and access community resources to help support.
  • Self management UK is a charity providing support and education to people with long-term health conditions. They provide education courses designed to give the right support at the right time in the right place to patients and carers. Their website contains evidenceabout the benefits of self-management and self-care to the community, the health and social care economy and people with long-term conditions.
  • Lets Get Working is an action research pilot project exploring the potential for social prescribing to embrace employment, employability and job search support for people with long term health conditions and/or disabilities. It is supported by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund for provision across East Sussex and Kent.
  • Connect Well Kent is the social prescribing service for East Kent. Red Zebra Community Solutions is working in partnership with Encompass, the local Multi-speciality Community Provider (MCP) of health and social care services in the Canterbury CCG area (Faversham, Whitstable, Canterbury, Sandwich and Ash) to deliver a social prescribing service. Connect Well Kent uses a web-based tool that enables professionals to refer clients to a range of local, non-medical support to maximise social, emotional or practical wellbeing; individuals can also find out about local activities and services through browsing the site themselves. The database currently holds over 300 activity / service listings for the CCG area and this is ever expanding. Approved referrers (such as GPs, community nurses, health champions, FLO’s) can directly refer individuals to an activity or service listed within the directory.
  • Doncaster Social Prescribing gives GPs, pharmacists and community nurses the option to refer patients for non-medical conditions such as loneliness, housing or advice on debt. Following a successful pilot in 2014/15, the CCG and Council have commissioned roll out across the whole borough. Social Prescribing Advisors visit patients at their home to discuss their individual needs and are then put in touch with local services and community groups.
  • Social Prescribing in Harrow started in June 2017. Accessed via GP, health professional or self-referral, via a simple form that then triggers a holistic screening of the patient that leads to the offer of a prescription, bespoke to the patients needs of a plan to achieve better self-management of their health and overcoming the determinants of ill health.
  • Social Prescribing in Merton has been piloted by Merton CCG and Public health Merton for a period of one year in two practices in East Merton. To date the Pilot generated good referral numbers (numbering greater than 200 split between the two practices) and patient behaviour has shown early promise of increased self-management and reduced GP appointments. This project has rolled over until April 2018.