Social prescribing: a nurse-led pilot project in a general practice setting

Pickering, Joyce and Smyth, Kathryn Wendy (2021) Social prescribing: a nurse-led pilot project in a general practice setting. Primary Health Care . ISSN 0264-5033

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Social prescribing is a mechanism for promoting health and well-being whereby people are referred for non-clinical interventions to a range of services and groups in their local community. In social prescribing schemes, healthcare professionals and/or link workers connect people with community groups and services that can support them with a broad range of emotional, social and practical needs, ultimately enabling them to take ownership of their health. This article describes the development, implementation and outcomes of a nurse-led social prescribing pilot project conducted in a general practice in South Devon. There is evidence that social prescribing can result in improved health and well-being, but more robust and systematic evidence of its effectiveness is needed. Qualitative outcome data were collected as part of the pilot project, adding to the evidence base showing the benefits of social prescribing.

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