The Social Prescribing Project will now be known as “SPRING Social Prescribing” with the new logo below.
The Healthy Living Centre Alliance in Northern Ireland (HLCA) and Scottish Communities
for Health and Well-
The evaluations of the pilot programmes in each country highlighted they had a very positive impact on the individuals engaged in the community based health improvement pathways. The pilot programmes operated in real partnerships with a range of agencies, including GP practices that referred individuals to the projects with social prescriptions. It was obvious to all those engaged in the projects that they had the potential to address many of the issues facing health and social care services.
SCHW and the HLCA are made up of well established community led health and well-
In the current situation SPRING has had to be reviewed to ensure it can operate in the new challenging situations in communities. The review of SPRING has focussed on two phases, Transition and Recovery. In the Transition phase a new approach within SPRING called “Connect Well” is in place. Connect Well enables the social prescribers in each location to maintain support for existing and new referrals to SPRING. The SPRING delivery model is being reviewed to produce new guidelines on health pathway planning, assessment of impact, sharing learning and establishing new referral routes. In the Recovery phase we will be reviewing how social prescriptions can be delivered, the use of digital technology responding to the increasing demand for support with social isolation and mental health issues and ensuring local partnerships with primary care professionals continue to be very positive and effective.
“How Social Prescribing Works”
Social prescribing at its best is not a signposting exercise or indeed a referral direct to a community service/activity etc. It involves building relationships, taking a holistic approach and engaging individuals at the heart of the process.
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