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What's new

New report on social prescribing in green spaces

Researchers from Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network have conducted a qualitative study on setting up green social prescribing at Harcourt Arboretum in Oxfordshire.

Harnessing scientific evidence to power the future of social prescribing

Leading researchers in the field of social prescribing are being brought together to ensure that evidence of the impact of social prescribing is accessible, useful and compelling, the National Academy for Social Prescribing has announced.

Blog posts

Sustaining public engagement for under-represented groups and creating space for culturally sensitive involvement: Reflections from PPI lead on the TOUS study

Sofia Vougioukalou, PPI lead on the TOUS study (Tailoring cultural offers with and for diverse older users of social prescribing), was a guest speaker at the annual conference of the NIHR School for Social Care Research that took place in Birmingham. It brings together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, among others to discuss adult social care research and practice. In this blog, Sofia describes the plenary she gave to those attending.

Friday afternoon wind-down – talking to the public about social prescribing and cultural provision

In April 2024, Stephanie Tierney and Beth McDougall ran a public engagement event at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. A summary of the session they provided is described in this blog.

Developing a social prescribing programme for older people from diverse communities: Experiences in Leicester

In this blog, Stephanie Tierney reflects on a meeting she had about work being undertaken in Leicester to reach and engage with older people as part of social prescribing.

Exploring understanding of social prescribing in primary care among healthcare professionals, voluntary-community sector representatives, and patients in England

Social prescribing represents a paradigm shift in healthcare, emphasizing holistic well-being and focusing on consequences stemming from the social determinants of health. It has seen the employment of link workers in England to support patients with their non-medical needs (e.g. loneliness, housing problems, worries about finances). However, understanding and utilization of social prescribing among professionals and patients remain variable, potentially hindering its efficacy. This blog describes an ongoing qualitative analysis of data collected for a larger study on the link worker role in primary care in England. This qualitative analysis will delve into interpretations/understanding of social prescribing from the perspectives of patients, primary care staff and members of the voluntary-community sector. It will aim to shed light on people’s views on the role, remit, and value of social prescribing within the context of English primary care. It is being undertaken by Iva Fattorini for her dissertation as part of a MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership at the University of Oxford.

Tailoring public involvement opportunities beyond group meetings

In this blog, Patient-Public Involvement (PPI) lead for the TOUS study, Sofia Vougioukalou from Cardiff University, reflects on work undertaken to date on this study. This study consists of: a) a scoping review; b) a mapping exercise of cultural provision in the UK developed for or with older people from ethnic minority groups; c) case studies in the UK of cultural provision attracting older people from ethnic minority groups and interviews with key informants.

Pond and greenery at Oxford's Botanical Gardens © Ian Wallman