Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is “a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker – to provide them with a face to face conversation during which they can learn about the possibilities and design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’- so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing, often using services provided by the voluntary and community sector.” [Social Prescribing Network]

Social Prescribing is a key component of NHS England’s Universal Personalised Care.

The Social Prescribing Network works to share knowledge and best practice, to support social prescribing at a local and national levels and to inform good quality research and evaluation.

Social Prescribing e-learning programme on the eLfH platform includes the core elements and skills required to deliver social prescribing as part of a PCN multi-disciplinary team.

Resources and interesting reading

See also the Link Workers page.

The CPD Zone is brought to you by the GP schools of Health Education England working across Thames Valley and Wessex, in association with Oxford Health FT Library.​

Page last reviewed: 19 March, 2021