Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide

Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide

Author: NHS England

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This provides an overview of social prescribing from the perspective of the person, communities and the system, as well as an introduction to the Link Worker role and Common Outcomes Framework for social prescribing.

The Social Prescribing Summary Guide is intended for people and organisations leading local implementation of social prescribing. It enables: increased understanding of what good social prescribing looks like and why social prescribing improves outcomes and experiences for people, their families and carers, as well as achieving more value from the system; commissioning of local social prescribing connector schemes, enabling all general practices, local authorities and other agencies to refer people with wider social needs to community-based support; and collaborative working amongst all local partners at a ‘place-based’ local level, to recognise the value of community groups and assets and to enable people to build or rebuild friendships, community connections and a sense of belonging, as well as accessing existing services.

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