How to refer to SP’s at the PCN

Social Prescribing from the Crane Valley PCN has shown promise in improving health outcomes and overall well-being. #

This is a guide for professionals who wish to refer to the social prescribing programme. It will help you and your patients get the most out of the service and provide longer term ongoing health support.


Limited Awareness and Understanding: Many people, including healthcare professionals, might not be aware of social prescribing or have a limited understanding of its benefits and how it works. This lack of awareness could lead to under utilisation or miscommunication about social prescribing services.

You can help by gaining a greater understanding about our service, what we can and cannot do and what information we need on a referral to assist a patient. Referrals should be based on an assessment that alterative solutions will help. This website has a lot of information or alternatively you can discover more by following this link >>

Access and Availability of Services: The success of social prescribing relies on the availability of a wide range of community-based services. However, in some areas, there might be limited options or long waiting lists for certain activities or programs, hindering individuals from accessing suitable interventions.

Please let the Team know of any services that you are aware of that can help build capacity.

Inequality and Inequity: Social prescribing interventions might not be equally accessible to all population groups. There could be inequalities based on socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, or geographic location, which may prevent some individuals from benefiting fully from these services.

If you area ware of any of these barriers let the team know – we want to make our service fully accessible.

Integration with Healthcare Systems: For social prescribing to be effective, it needs to be well-integrated with existing healthcare systems. This integration can present challenges, such as coordinating referrals between healthcare providers and community organisations and ensuring effective communication and data sharing.

By adding as much relevant information on the patient record it will help our team.

Stigma and Perception: Social prescribing involves prescribing non-medical interventions, which might be viewed skeptically by some patients, healthcare providers, or policymakers. Overcoming the stigma and demonstrating the value of these interventions can be challenging.

You can help by finding out more about our work and seeing the feedback from patients who have used our service.

Data Privacy and Confidentiality: Integrating social prescribing with healthcare systems raises concerns about data privacy and confidentiality. Ensuring that individuals’ personal information is protected and used appropriately is essential.

Referral and Engagement: Healthcare professionals might have varying levels of confidence in making social prescribing referrals, and some patients might be hesitant to engage with community-based services, leading to under utilisation.

You can confident in your referral we are an experienced and dedicated team of professionals.

Cultural and Language Considerations: Cultural differences and language barriers might impact the effectiveness of social prescribing interventions. Tailoring programs to meet diverse cultural needs can be critical for successful outcomes.

Please let us know at referral if there any potential cultural or communicational barriers we need to address for the patient.

Despite these challenges, social prescribing continues to gain momentum as an innovative approach to holistic healthcare. With your support by addressing these issues and continuously refining the model, social prescribing has the potential to become a valuable component of healthcare provision across the Crane Valley PCN.

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