Capturing learning from implementation approaches of social prescribing in the South West
PHE ePoster Library. Harrower U. Sep 12, 2019; 274460; 254
Dr. Ulrike Harrower
Dr. Ulrike Harrower
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Abstract Social prescribing was identified as one of the ways to support the NHS in changing from a sickness service to one that supports individuals more holistically within their communities. The Secretary of State for Health called for greater access to non-medical interventions and inclusion in the GP Forward View as part of the approach to managing demand in primary care.PHE SW and RightCare undertook a project to better understand the barriers and facilitator to the implementation of social prescribing in a small number of local systems. The aim was to capture a range of experience-based learning to help other areas starting the journey through interviewing leads from a range of organisations. Information on several measures was captured, including social prescribing models, staffing, interventions offered, referral criteria, challenges and facilitators to implementation. Results showed that there was a wide variety in social prescribing models being implemented across the geography. Clinical/GP champions, joint working, integration of social prescribers into clinical teams as well as their co-location, technology, training and governance were identified as some of the enablers whilst challenges included: identification of system leadership, sustainable funding, effective engagement, information governance, capacity and workload, silo working, and professional attitudes.The learning points from these case studies revealed the importance of: local flexibility when developing, implementing and delivering social prescribing; openness between partners and investing in developing relationships, effective engagement with all stakeholders; feedback to referrers to improve the effectiveness of services; a phased approach to roll out to enable ‘test and learn'. External funding details
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