Social prescribing: a nurse-led pilot project in a general practice setting
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Social prescribing: a nurse-led pilot project in a general practice setting

Joyce Pickering General practice nurse manager, Cricketfield Surgery, Newton Abbot, England
Kathryn Smyth Lecturer, School of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To increase your awareness of the potential benefits of social prescribing in primary care

  • To learn about a nurse-led social prescribing pilot project conducted in a general practice in South Devon

  • To prompt you to consider setting up a social prescribing scheme in your work area

Social prescribing is a mechanism for promoting health and well-being whereby people are referred for non-clinical interventions to a range of services and groups in their local community. In social prescribing schemes, healthcare professionals and/or link workers connect people with community groups and services that can support them with a broad range of emotional, social and practical needs, ultimately enabling them to take ownership of their health. This article describes the development, implementation and outcomes of a nurse-led social prescribing pilot project conducted in a general practice in South Devon. There is evidence that social prescribing can result in improved health and well-being, but more robust and systematic evidence of its effectiveness is needed. Qualitative outcome data were collected as part of the pilot project, adding to the evidence base showing the benefits of social prescribing.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1717

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

joycepickering@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Pickering J, Smyth K (2021) Social prescribing: a nurse-led pilot project in a general practice setting. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1717

Acknowledgement The authors would like to thank Marie Therese Massey for her invaluable assistance in the writing of this article

Published online: 07 July 2021

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