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Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

  • A mechanism for linking patients with non-medical support from within the community
  • Supplements the support a person gets from their health care professional
  • Recognises the social as well as medical aspects of poor health
  • Enables patients to access a range of social interventions to complement clinical care

What did we do?

  • Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA) has been leading discussions with key partners around the potential to develop a local social prescribing service
  • Funding was received from Public Health Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland to develop an options appraisal and business case for a social prescribing service across South Tees
  • A multi-agency Project Board was established chaired by Dr Ali Tahmassebi to oversee the work

What happened next?

  • Options appraisal and business case produced and considered by the three main commissioning bodies
    • Middlesbrough Council
    • NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group
    • Redcar & Cleveland Council
  • All three public sector commissioning bodies supported ‘in principle’ the introduction of a South Tees Social Prescribing service and agreed that it was the ‘right thing’ to do.
  • Although it was decided that the proposals as set out in the business case would not be taken forward, the two local authorities are pursuing a number of approaches to address health and wellbeing issues which include adopting some of the principles of social prescribing.