#SocialPrescribingDay

Taking place between 4 and 11 March, Social Prescribing Week – and Social Prescribing Day on 10 March – is a great opportunity to celebrate social prescribing, and recognise the positive impact that local community groups and projects have on people and communities.

Across next week we will be supporting the campaign on Twitter and Facebook, sharing more about what social prescribing is and how our social prescribing and community based support toolkit can help VCSE organisations respond to referrals from the health and social care system. #SocialPrescribingDay

Social Prescribing and Community-based Support Guide and Toolkit

Our Social Prescribing and Community-based Support Guide and Toolkit provides an overview of what social prescribing is and how VCSE organisations can best prepare themselves to respond to community referrals and introductions from the health and social care system. It contains links to free resources, and the downloadable best practice checklists can be used as working self-assessment documents to help organisations as they work to improve people’s overall health and wellbeing, and help them to connect with their local communities.

Best practice checklists A and B

Checklist A – Policy and governance requirements and Checklist B – Referral and management requirements have been produced from national guidance and information from link workers about their expectations and practices. These short self-assessment checklists are included in the Social Prescribing and Community-based Support Guide, detailing recommended best practice policy and governance requirements for organisations to have in place, as well as referral and management processes to work effectively with link workers.

The checklists can be downloaded and used as working documents to record the resources organisations have in place and actions to be taken.