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Social prescribing for well-being: how nurses can combat loneliness and isolation

Connecting people to support and services is more important in the wake of COVID-19 than ever

Connecting people to services and community groups is more important in the wake of the pandemic than ever

  • Social prescribing pilot programmes have shown a big impact on people’s lives, yet engagement with the process across the nursing workforce has been limited
  • The NHS Long Term Plan in England aims to have 1,000 social prescribing link workers in place by 2021 and at least 900,000 people being referred to social prescribing by 2023-24
  • Benefits for individuals include improved mental health, greater independence, reduced isolation, increased physical activity and engagement within local communities
Social prescribing can help connect isolated people to their communities Picture: iStock

With more than nine million people in the UK saying they are always or

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