Making Social prescribing a routine part of community support across London is one of the Mayor’s Key Commitments within the Health Inequalities Strategy

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is where people receive non-medical help to improve their health and well-being, normally through accessing community activities in their local area.

We know that at least 20 per cent of people visit their GP for non-medical reasons. Social prescribing is a way of reducing visits to the doctor and hospital. It's also a way of ensuring people get the most appropriate support they need to take control of maintaining or improving their own health and well-being.

What is social prescribing?

Next Steps for Social Prescribing

We have developed Next Steps in partnership with the Healthy London Partnership, NHS England and the Social Prescribing Network.

Enabling more Londoners to access social prescribing is a key ambition within the Mayors Health Inequalities Strategy. He wants to ensure that every Londoner has access to a social prescription in London by 2028. Next Steps describes the building blocks we believe are essential to growing social prescribing, ensuring easy access and supporting local provision.

The document is available to download at the bottom of the page.

Current projects

  • ​​​​​Convening of the Social Prescribing Advisory Group, made up of the VCS, NHS and other stakeholders
  • Supporting the Healthy London Partnership Wiki for NHS Commissioners and the VCS
  • Engaging with Londoners through Talk London
  • Working with the NHS to:
    • Develop the social prescribing professional and volunteer workforce
    • Improve digital technology
    • Support the VCSE sector
    • Advocate and champion social prescribing

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