2nd July 2019
The Benefits of Social Prescribing
The past few years has seen a significant rise in the recognition, and benefits, of Social Prescribing.
Social Prescribing is a means of GPs, Nurses and Healthcare Professionals to refer people to non-clinical interventions. For example, prescribing social activities or sports clubs to help tackle social isolation or mental health issues. Social Prescribing acknowledges that there are several factors in a persons’ life that can contribute to poor health, and that alternatives to clinical options can be highly beneficial.
“Social prescribing is not a new idea – good GPs have always done it, it didn’t have a name.”
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, Royal College of GPs
A large part of Social Prescribing is recognising that physical and mental health often goes hand in hand and some of what is available to individuals can improve both sides of one’s overall health.
Good examples of effective Social Prescribing activities or programmes are:
- Arts Activities
- Cookery Classes
- Sports Club/Classes
- Social Events (i.e. Local Bingo)