Social Prescribing Hour: NHS Long Term Plan

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL PRESCRIBING IN THE NHS LONG TERM PLAN

SOCIAL PRESCRIBING ROUNDUP

Following the launch of the government’s long-term plan for the NHS on Monday, this week’s Social Prescribing Hour discussed what the plan means for social prescribing, highlighted key points within the plan and identified examples of where progress is already being made.

Throughout the hour, there was plenty of discussion surrounding the role which social prescribing will play in the NHS long term plan, with contributors highlighting the need to ensure that social prescribing can support the NHS personalised care model and build on existing schemes. There was much agreement that there was no need to reinvent the wheel, with several people identifying great examples of social prescribing programmes and services which are already successful and making an impact on the health and wellbeing of communities.

Led by Martin Bell, an independent consultant specialising in strategic and practical support for health and social care organisations, the conversation asked if it mattered that social prescribing became NHS dominated.

Although there were some concerns that social prescribing may get hijacked into other agendas, many were in agreement that there is the need for social prescribing to be supported by the NHS and that collaborative working is key in order to make social prescribing mainstream.

According to the Long Term Plan, everything will be digitised by 2024. The Social Prescribing Hour asked contributors how do we ensure that social prescribing also benefits from these plans and that community-based care is involved in the discussions? The focus of this conversation was based on the need to embrace digital in order to demonstrate the impact of social prescribing using analytics and reports. As such, individuals engaging in social prescribing programmes and services can monitor their own progress, community providers can evidence the difference which their services make and therefore secure future funding and GPs can identify trends across a community cohort and provide enhanced care for patients.

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A big thank you to everyone that joined in and contributed their ideas, thoughts and questions! Join us again on Social Prescribing Hour Wednesday 23rd January, 8-9pm.