We work with hundreds of voluntary organisations whose efforts help people feel better. It comes in many forms, whether that is improving fitness, finding purpose, finding friendships – they routinely record the difference through our tools, including the Impact Assessment App.
The government (or rather NHS and Public Health England) define social prescribing as referring patients to a link worker who will help them find non-medical ways to improve their life.
This is how things have turned out
They sum up their work in a simple way:
“The activities are social – the impact is medical.”
The government is currently looking to encourage the development of social prescribing with partnerships between local charities and local CCG’s or Local authorities:
Issues outstanding are:
- It’s key to integrate social prescribing into the current health systems
- CCG’s need to be on board for this funding
- At the moment there isn’t funding for the people who provide the social prescribing – even though the outcome is medical.