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.