Social Prescribing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that churches and voluntary organisations are integrated into the social prescribing component of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with local areas to support implementation of social prescribing. As local social prescribing schemes develop, we would expect to see social prescribing link workers establishing important relationships with local health and care professionals and a wide range of community groups and services such as voluntary organisations and churches to maximise the impact of social prescribing.

Further information is outlined in the Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide published by NHS England and Improvement in January 2019. A copy is attached.

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