||DD2191 Social Prescribing: Digital & Voluntary sector requirement
Type of decision:
20 December 2017
Jeff Jacobs, Head of Paid Service
Mainstreaming social prescribing is a key commitment of the Mayor’s draft Health Inequalities Strategy Better Health for Londoners to support the most disadvantaged Londoners to improve their health and well-being. This project will inform a larger programme of work to develop a social prescribing strategy for London in collaboration with the Healthy London Partnership, voluntary sector bodies and local authorities across London.
That the Executive Director of Communities and Intelligence approves expenditure of up to £150,000 (at a net cost to the GLA £110,00) comprising:
(1) expenditure of £50,000 to engage with the voluntary sector across London and to co-produce a report of the role, challenges and opportunities for them in rolling out social prescribing across London;
(2) expenditure of £55,000 to produce a report that sets out the digital requirement of citywide infrastructure to support social prescribing and test new approaches;
(3) receipt of £40,000 from NHS England and expenditure of the same to develop effective evaluation, framework and tools and guides to support the digital development of the citywide infrastructure; and
(4) expenditure of £5,000 to fund a GLA-led social prescribing conference.
Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice
Social prescribing has been in existence for over two decades with schemes currently operating across 19 London boroughs and over 100 schemes across the UK. There are various definitions but the Social Prescribing Network define it as “enabling healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker , to co-design a non-clinical social prescription to improve their health and well-being”.
Social prescribing was highlighted in 2006 in the White Paper Our health Our care Our say as a mechanism for promoting health, independence and access to local services. The objectives of social prescribing also support the principles set out in subsequent NHS policy documents, including the NHS five year forward view (2014), which encourages a focus on prevention and wellbeing, patient-centered care and better integration of services, as well as highlighting the role of the third sector in delivering services that promote wellbeing.
Mainstreaming social prescribing is a key commitment of the Mayor’s draft Health Inequalities Strategy Better Health for Londoners in respect of supporting the most disadvantaged Londoners to improve their health and well-being. This project will inform a larger programme of work to develop a social prescribing strategy for London which is being developed in collaboration with Healthy London Partnership, voluntary sector bodies and local authorities across London and key departments within the GLA such a Team London.
Funding for the roll-out of deliverables for the draft Health Inequalities Strategy 2017-2020 was approved by the Mayor (under cover of MD2115).