Learning from leaders in social prescribing during COVID-19
The South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) has been inviting organisations from across the South West to participate in a Rapid Cycle Learning exercise during COVID-19. Some of the first participants in our study are from the Test Beds of our Institute for Social Prescribing. Click to download learning highlights.
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.
Testing innovative social prescribing
The Institute for Social Prescribing has created four test beds across South West England. We have appointed the following senior fellows to lead each site.
Dr Stewart Smith and Hayley Burgoyne (St Austell Health Care)
Dr James Szymankiewicz (Combe Coastal Practice) and Hannah McDonald (One Ilfracombe)
Dr Helen Kingston (Frome Medical Practice) and Dr Jenny Hartnoll (Health Connections Mendip)
Dr Daisy Robinson and Ruth Tucker (College Surgery)
Dr James Mottram (Norton Brook Medical Centre)
Personalising care through prescribing
Social prescribing is contributing towards personalised care – a tailored way of providing care for individuals, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. The NHS Long Term Plan states that personalised care will become ‘business as usual’ across the health and care system over the next decade.
Find out more
View these slides for more information about test bed sites, fellows and next steps.
To find out more about our Institute for Social Prescribing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.