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?

The Social Prescribing Vision for London

The Mayor, along with the Healthy London Partnership, NHS, The Social Prescribing Network and other statutory and voluntary bodies are currently developing a social prescribing vision for London. This ten-year plan aims to support local authorities, health providers and voluntary sector bodies to work together in partnership and develop more social prescribing projects in London. Earlier this year Elemental were commissioned to undertake 2 projects to look at digital solutions for social prescribing and the role of the voluntary sector in delivering projects. Please see the reports at the foot of this page.

The draft vision will be launched in the Autumn of 2018, and you will have the opportunity to have your say on the proposals. 

To find out more about social prescribing as the vision is developed please sign up for updates on the Health Inequalities strategy.