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Personalised solutions through social prescribing

11 February 2021
2 min read
Volume 30 · Issue 3

Social prescribing (SP) is defined by the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) as ‘supporting people, via social prescribing link workers, to make community connections and discover new opportunities, building on individual strengths and preferences, to improve health and wellbeing.’ (NASP, 2020:7). In the UK, SP is an integral part of a wider NHS England personalised care agenda and one of six components of Universal Personalised Care (NHS England and NHS Improvement, 2019), which promotes an approach that priorities what matters to the person rather than ‘what is the matter with them’. This paradigm dovetails with SP by the way in which the person is supported through a wellbeing conversation to allow them to be central to the decision making process and feel comfortable to share their life experiences and challenges.

According to the GP contract (NHS England and British Medical Association, 2019), the SP link worker, the health and wellbeing coach and the care coordinator roles are essential in securing over 26 000 additional staff needed to support the existing workforce. Collectively, these three roles will support a personalised care approach and help individuals to make positive behaviour changes based on what is important to them.

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