What is Social Prescribing? (May 2018)
Our new animation explains what social prescribing is and how it can improve people's health and wellbeing.
'How to provide social prescribing services'
This animation explains how to develop a local model for social prescribing and the positive impacts on the health and care system.
Social Prescribing service videos
The East Merton Social Prescribing Project: The Patients’ Stories (2018)
This power of Social Prescribing is brought to life in this film and portrays several patients’ stories about their different experiences, the support they received, the impact it has had on their health and wellbeing, and how it has improved their connectedness to the local community.
The East Merton Social Prescribing Project: Advice on how to establish a link worker scheme (2018)
This film provides practical advice from all key partners involved in developing Merton’s Social Prescribing service, including from primary care, commissioning and the voluntary sector, and gives valuable insight into how to implement an effective, holistic ‘link worker’ scheme, which provides the route to connect patients with local support services and social activities they may have not be aware of.
The Story of the Crawley Social Prescribing'Prescription Plus Project (2018)
Social Prescribing is a way of linking people with non-medical support to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, connecting them with their local communities and supporting them to feel more empowered. This film captures how the Social Prescribing scheme came to fruition in Crawley, West Sussex, and the impact it has had on residents and the local healthcare system. We hope the film offers practical advice and guidance for anyone looking to learn more about Social Prescribing.
Social Prescribing in Crawley: Key ingredients of the Link Worker Model (2018)
There are different ways of providing Social Prescribing services, and this film outlines the importance of the link worker, or community support coordinator role, who bridges primary care and the voluntary and community sector to refer patients to a menu of local services that will enhance their health and wellbeing. This film highlights the role of Tracy from Crawley CVS, who receives patient referrals from all the staff at Southgate Medical Group, and through a conversation she will find out their non-medical needs; from money worries and social isolation; to help them get them support at the right place.
Social Prescribing - a new wave in healthcare: Focus on Crawley's Prescription Plus service (2018)
There is a growing body of evidence that Social Prescribing can lead to improved health and wellbeing outcomes and NHS England recognises how harnessing community-based services has the power to transform health and care as well as reduce pressure on GP services (General practice forward view, 2016) and A&E attendance. This film captures the perspectives from the key people involved in the Crawley Social Prescribing scheme to explore how it has created a new way of working that has transformed the lives of local residents and the healthcare system.
A Case Study of Social Prescribing in Practice: The Crawley Posh Club (2018)
Social Prescribing is a way of linking people with non-medical support to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, connecting them with their local communities and supporting them to feel more empowered. The Posh Club is one of a variety of services that is part of the ‘Prescription Plus’ menu in Crawley, and it is a glamorous weekly social event for older people to meet each other over afternoon tea, with music and dancing. This film includes interviews with local citizens who have been ‘prescribed’ to the Posh Club having been introduced by the community link worker, following a referral to the Social Prescribing Service by their GP Practice, and how it has benefited them.
Bexley Community Connect
There are many issues which can affect your health and wellbeing and Community Connect aims to connect you with support, services and activities in the community.
We will talk through any problems that you are having and what is key to your wellbeing, then help you to find activities and services that may make a difference to your life and offer support to to access them.
For more information visit www.bvsc.co.uk/community-connect
A short film about the initiative in the London Borough of Bexley with Mind Bexley
Gloucestershire CCG commissioned a video about their local social prescribing services
Hackney Social Prescribing: how it makes a difference for families that come to the project.
Social prescribing East Berkshire - Changing General Practice in East Berkshire
Social prescribing service in Doncaster
UWE's Richard Kimberlee talks about social prescribing, which connects people to projects and activities that will support their mental health. Increasingly, GPs are seeing patients with social isolation and other mental health issues, rather than physical conditions, which a GP can't traditionally address: this is where social prescribing comes in, which offers a non-medical alternative to address wellbeing issues. This talk is part of the health strand of the Festival of the Future City, held on 17 November 2015
A reflective video by Tim Owen Jones for the College of Medicine 2015