For many people, improving their health and wellbeing requires a holistic approach and support by professionals who can help them focus on what matters to them to live well. Social prescribing supports people through understanding their needs, working with them and connecting them to local community (non-clinical) often voluntary services which can provide the support needed.
The PRSB has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop an information standard for social prescribing. The standard will enable the sharing and recording of information to support both the professionals and people through social prescribing from the initial referral, the period of social prescribing and message back to the referrer and GP at its conclusion, as well as help health and care services nationally to evaluate and improve social prescribing. The standard will include all models of social prescribing including those in social care and managed through local authorities and provided by professionals under titles such as link workers, health and wellness coaches or care co-ordinators.
Creating the draft standard
The PRSB has worked with social prescribers, GPs, other professionals and people to create a 1st draft standard and are consulting further through a survey to gather the views of social prescribers, people who use social prescribing services and other professionals, which will help to improve the standard. The survey is expected to go live mid-October and the link will be available on this page soon.