Frequently Asked Questions

About social prescribing

  • What is the NHS view on Social Prescribing?

    Social prescribing is a key component of Universal Personalised Care. It is an approach that connects people to activities, groups, and services in their community to meet the practical, social and emotional needs that affect their health and wellbeing. In social prescribing, local agencies such as local charities, social care and health services refer people to a social prescribing link worker. Social prescribing link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me?’ to coproduce a simple personalised care and support plan, and support people to take control of their health and wellbeing. Social prescribing link workers also support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners. Social prescribing is an all-age, whole population approach that works particularly well for people who:

    have one or more long term conditions

    • who need support with low level mental health issues
    • who are lonely or isolated
    • who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

    You can find out more about social prescribing and the social prescribing link worker role in our frequently asked questions. Details about social prescribing link workers and how we are supporting with resources and through training and development can be found on our website.

    A standard model of social prescribing has been developed by NHS England in partnership with stakeholders, which shows the elements that need to be in place for effective social prescribing to happen.