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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

Community cohesion to develop social capital: A means of addressing health and well-being

In this blog, Stephanie Tierney reflects on some conversations she has had with people involved in a community organisation set up during the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements her interest in social prescribing. Social prescribing involves connecting people to support in the community (e.g. voluntary organisations, charities, local groups) that can help with their ‘non-medical’ needs (e.g. loneliness, financial concerns, housing problems).

Counting GP appointments when evaluating social prescribing: Does a reduction necessarily signal success?

In this blog, Stephanie Tierney considers GP usage as an outcome measure for social prescribing schemes.

Exploring the role of green spaces in social prescribing: A knowledge exchange event

Green social prescribing connects individuals to nature and open spaces to support their health and well-being. In this blog, Jordan Gorenberg reflects on a knowledge exchange event at the Harcourt Arboretum in Oxford, where green social prescribing offers are being developed. Jordan is currently involved in the link worker project, collecting data from patients about their experiences of social prescribing.

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