Social prescribing

Our health services have reached a crossroads. Despite the resources that are being committed, long-term disease is increasing, and GP services are being placed under increasing pressure.

In short, alternatives are needed that go beyond conventional ‘treatment and tablets’ approaches to medicine.

In recent years, a solution has been identified that focuses on preventing people getting diseases and helping them recover quicker.

After all, research shows that not every visit to the GP requires a medical prescription. Often the solution lies in how people lead their lives – in other words, finding ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

This might involve healthcare professionals referring patients to a range of practical, social and emotional support, such as exercise classes or social groups.

This approach is known as social prescribing.