Research focus

Social prescribing offers options and support

Three studies examine how social prescribing promotes a health and social care partnership

Three studies examine how social prescribing promotes a health and social care partnership

Learning points

  • Social prescribing initiatives demonstrate the benefits of partnership between primary care and community organisations for patient health and well-being

  • Primary healthcare professionals should consider social prescribing as an option to support long-term conditions and mental health issues, and to reduce social isolation

  • A phased approach to implementing social prescribing allows time for general practices and partners involved to develop a shared understanding and expectations of the programme

Social prescribing – the idea that medicine alone is not always a solution and that it can help to signpost patients to advice or social activities – aims to promote partnership working between the health and social sectors to address the wider determinants of

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