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This year, the 14th of March represents an international annual celebration of social prescribing. On this day across the world, we will highlight the importance and significance of SP within healthcare.
Working in partnership with GPs, community groups, voluntary organisations, medical schools, academics, and students across the UK and world, The Social Prescribing Network are running a programme of events and activities aimed to engage people of all ages, and encourage organisations to run their own events and join in on the celebrations.
Social Prescribing Day provides an opportunity to empower key stakeholders to collaborate, unite those who share a mutual passion for social prescribing, and disseminate the benefits and impact of social prescribing. More so because 2019 is the year of social prescribing.
With the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and personalised care being marked as a priority, the NHS has promised to support at least 900,000 people to benefit from Social Prescribing by 2023.
Everyone and anyone can get involved in Social Prescribing Day. Whether you are a patient, carer, healthcare professional, clinician, academic, work in the voluntary care sector organisation, a charity, university, school, general practice, secondary care trust, student or just someone with a passion for social prescribing, you can get involved.
Together, we can contribute to a social movement that the Social Prescribing Network are saying will ‘make the biggest difference in health and care in a century’.
We’re confident that somewhere at sometime, you’ve been involved in or you’re activley participating in activities that promote high quality care.
This may be within the community, hospital, college, a GP surgey or the voluntary sector, wherever it is, we want to know about it!
All you have to do is share your projects, photos, videos, and success with the rest of the world on the 14th of March via Twitter by using the hashtag #SocialPrescribingDay.
You could also host an event and share that too! It’s entirley up to you!
The Social Prescribing Network, who are leading the day, have also shared a really useful media pack that you can personalise and share for yourself or your organisation. You can access this pack here.
This report, also commissioned by the GLA, looks into digital and information technology and how it can support social prescribing, forms part of the overall report for the Greater London Authority for the Mayor’s vision around social prescribing, and should be read in conjunction with that.