Social Prescribing

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Below is the summary of suggestions received by the LIS Medical mailing list of documents & links on Social Prescribing, November 2016

Search Suggestions

“…started with “social prescribing” as a phrase, then broadened the search to social adj3 prescri*”

Social prescri*

Natur* prescri*

Exercis* prescri* or (Exercis* adj2 prescri*)

Social referral*

Natur* referral*

Exercis* referral*

Supported referral*

Information referral*

Social intervention*

Exercis* intervention*

Supported intervention*

Evidence to inform the commissioning of social prescribing includes a list of examples of social prescribing activities.

To limit to specific organisations try mixing your search terms on Google with a Domain search, e.g. add to your search string – also site:;;

Social Prescribing and Self Care Wiki  from the Healthy London Partnership is an extensive library of resources around social prescribing and self care including policy and strategy, videos, how to commission, monitoring and evaluating and research reports.


What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? A protocol for a realist review, Systematic Reviews

Evidence to inform the commissioning of social prescribing, University of York

More Than Medicine: New Services For People Powered Health, NESTA

“How can we support GPs to copy with growing demand” Social Prescribing in General Practice, Kings Fund

Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults: a review of quantitative and qualitative evidence Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016

The evidence for social prescribing: Less rhetoric and more reality CLAHRC GM

Gardens and health Implications for policy and practice Kings Fund

Search for social prescribing in Kings Fund library database

A social experiment: How GPs will ease the care crisis Pulse 25 November 2016.
Analysis of social prescribing.

Case studies:

  • One of the WellScotland  priorities.

GP social prescribing can reduce appointments ‘by over one fifth’, Pulse 23 January 2017

  • A social prescribing scheme run by NHS Gloucestershire CCG has reduced GP and hospital workload by over a fifth. Results show that for each £1 invested into the scheme there was a £1.69 saving driven by a reduction in the amount of GP visits and A&E emergency admissions among people who tend to seek help frequently from the health service by 21% and 23% respectively.

Social Prescribing: integrating GP and Community Assets for Health – City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group and University of East London, Health Foundation September 2015

  • Includes a complete description of the programme and costings.