Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how he plans to spend the £4.5 billion announced on 23 July 2018 for social prescribing.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

On 23 July 2018 the Department announced funding of £4.5 million for 23 social prescribing schemes across England. Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. Examples include befriending services, art classes and exercise classes, which might be run by the council or a local charity.

This money is being used to either expand existing schemes or establish new ones. These schemes will aim to reduce health inequalities by building the evidence base around good practice in social prescribing, sharing lessons and widening adoption of practices that are proven to work.

A summary of all 23 schemes can be found at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-prescribing-schemes-to-be-funded-by-the-health-and-wellbeing-fund-2018

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