There is an awful lot going on with what is broadly known as ‘social prescribing’. The term ‘social prescribing’ covers a range of complimentary community led initiatives that seek to bolster health (and the health service) by reconnecting the individual to the community. This simple tactic leverages the power of community and connection to combat […]
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Making sense of social prescribing Produced by the Social Prescribing Network at the University of Westminster, this is a new document which covers various aspects including – What is social prescribing; why do social prescribing; what do different models look like; what makes a good link worker; what makes a good referral; governance and risk […]
The English health inequalities strategy (1997 – 2010) turns out to have been an extraordinary success A landmark report into the English health inequalities strategy–a cross government strategy implemented between 1997 and 2010 to reduce health inequalities in England. This was one of the most ambitious strategies of its kind ever undertaken and aimed to […]
An interesting article on community and social care from Mark Gamsu who concludes his article with this point: “It is very important that statutory organisations such as big NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups and those professionals funded by the state like GPs understand that it is not good enough to just design pathways that reconnect […]
Social prescribing is not a new idea – it is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services, often provided by the voluntary and community sector. It is most commonly used with patients with a mental health or long-term condition. […]
There is a great deal of interest currently in the role of the vcs and civil society in Health and Social Care. There are a number of reasons, an ageing and unhealthy population costs more and is unhappier. And as the balance shifts from a young working population to an older, less healthy population public […]
This is a page of relevant links, case studies, policy briefings and other relevant resources about early intervention, social prescribing and similar activites.
With my experience being a volunteer previously, I believe it is a great way to use your free time to learn, gain experience, upgrade skills and to meet new people (expanding your network).
In late January I attended the inaugural Social Prescribing Network Conference held in central London and hosted by the University of Westminster, College of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust. Social prescribing is not a new idea – it is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs […]
The Community Health Advocates project is part of VAC’s Health Inequalities work to address issues which contribute to poor health outcomes for Camden residents. VAC recruits and trains local people to volunteer in Camden GP practices. These Community Health Advocates promote community based services and activities that contribute to a healthier lifestyle.