Social Prescribing in Action webinar – Spotlight LONDON

Our popular monthly webinars are designed for those involved in the established and management of social prescribing programmes in PCNs. Designed specifically for PCN/ICS teams and commissioners, the aim is to share the latest learnings and best practice to help embed social prescribing locally across the country. 
The next webinar will take place on Wednesday 8 December at 1pm-2.30pm, and focus on London, our biggest regional network with over 300 SPLW. Hear the latest updates from London Social Prescribing Network including how they’ve built vital strategic partnerships; developed community chests to fund local activities; supported high intensity users and established specialist mental health link workers in Bromley by Bow.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

See the Supervision Offer for SPLWs and HWBCs below or click here to view the PDF and to access the embedded links.

Developing an Information Standard for social prescribing 

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) are working with us to deliver an Information Standard for Social Prescribing. An Information Standard is the list of information that should be captured as part of an individual’s journey through social prescribing.

As part of developing the Information Standard PRSB are carrying out a UK wide consultation via an online survey. The survey, which takes approximately 6 – 8 minutes to complete, comprises of 15-18 (user specific) questions and includes a short video, which will help explain the reasons for developing an Information Standard for Social Prescribing. All responses are anonymous. 

Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs) Survey

HEE have launched a survey for social prescribing link workers to find out more about their experiences of social prescribing and the training, supervision and support they receive. This information will help us to plan their work to support link workers over the next year. All data collected in the survey is anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  

SPLWs must be a member of the FutureNHS social prescribing collaboration platform to complete the survey – to join, email [email protected].

Merton Social Prescribing Programme Evaluation

Merton CCG and Merton Council set out to test a model of Social Prescribing that would connect medical care with local voluntary and community resources. Healthy Dialogues was asked by Merton Council to do a formative and summative evaluation of the initial results from the Social Prescribing programme as well as produce recommendations for upscaling across Merton in its second year. An update of the Merton social prescribing evaluation report was completed in August 2021.

Social prescribing: migrant health guide

Public Health England has advice and guidance for healthcare practitioners on the health needs of migrant patients, including a summary of findings from a recent evidence review that PHE completed on social prescribing for migrants in the UK. It also provides a series of recommendations for referrers to social prescribing services, link workers, social prescribing monitoring and evaluation, and future research. Doctors of the World have also recently launched a toolkit for link workers to support migrants to access healthcare.

Social prescribing champions programme – now open for applications

We are working with the national academy for social prescribing to deliver a Social Prescribing Champion Programme. The programme is open to clinical and non-clinical NHS colleagues who are passionate about raising the profile of social prescribing and sharing good practice. For more information and to apply, visit the NASP website.

Closing date 14th of August 2022

Useful Links

An overview of what Social Prescribing can offer in terms of patient care and learning opportunities.

The cross government Green Social Prescribing (GSP) Programme team will be hosting the GSP Conference next month. The event will provide GPs and their teams with the opportunity to explore the benefits of GSP and to engage in strategic discussion about how to scale and embed GSP into practice to prevent and tackle mental health. This is great opportunity to reflect on the programme’s achievements over the past year and share emerging learning. The event coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week. Spaces are filling up quickly for this event, register to secure your ticket with an option to attend virtually.

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