Get Involved: International Social Prescribing Day – 12th March

The importance and significance of social prescribing within healthcare will be celebrated on 12 March.

Working in partnership with GPs, community groups, voluntary organisations, medical schools, academics, and students across the UK and world, the Social Prescribing Network is facilitating a programme of events and activities aims to engage people of all ages.

The National Academy for Social Prescribing is marking Social Prescribing Day with the launch of A Social Revolution in Wellbeing, its strategy for 2020-23. It will be setting out its vision and key activities for the next year, including the new Community Fund, Social Prescribing Partners Programme and an Academic Collaborative.

 

The Social Prescribing Network says that 12th of March represents an international annual celebration of social prescribing, and is an opportunity to highlight the importance and significance of social prescribing within healthcare:

We know that at least one in four patients see their doctor for pure social problems and welfare advice. For this group of patients, social prescribing has been shown to improve quality of life and emotional wellbeing, mental and general wellbeing, as well as improving levels of depression and anxiety.  However, social prescribing does more than that. Emerging evidence has shown that social prescribing can play a key role in tackling the social determinants of ill health as well as supporting the increasing number of patients suffering from chronic diseases. Social Prescribing has been led to date by people who are enthusiastic, committed, and who have given their all to make things better for their patients and communities. The 12th of March provides the perfect opportunity to empower key stakeholders to collaborate, unite those who share a mutual passion for social prescribing, and disseminate the benefits and impact of social prescribing. More so because 2019 is the year of social prescribing. With the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and personalised care being marked as a priority, the NHS has promised to support at least 900,000 people to benefit from Social Prescribing by 2023.

​Working in partnership with GPs, community groups, voluntary organisations, medical schools, academics, and students across the UK and world, the Social Prescribing Network has put together a programme of events and activities aims to engage people of all ages.

 

How to get involved

Share your projects, photos, videos, and success with the rest of the world on the 12th of March via Twitter by using #SocialPrescribingDay.

You can also host an event.

Download and use the Social Prescribing Network’s Social Prescribing Day Resources here.

Find out more at the Social Prescribing Network website.

 

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