Institute for Social Prescribing

Our new pop-up Institute for Social Prescribing is spreading innovation in a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. 

Not every visit to a GP requires a medical prescription. Referring patients to link workers who can connect them to community services, known as social prescribing, can help to boost their health and wellbeing better than clinical treatments can, while also reducing demand on GPs.

The Institute for Social Prescribing, launched in Autumn 2019, is recognising and celebrating excellence in a community approach to care. Together with public health consultant Professor Sir Muir Gray and NHS England National Clinical Lead for social prescribing Dr Michael Dixon, we are creating regional and national test beds across the South West to lead and test innovation in social prescribing.