Why social prescribing is global

Some background information as to why social prescribing is global.

The United Nations (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was adopted in September 2015 by the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, target by 2030

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

World social prescribing

As a result, organisations and governments globally are increasingly putting the SDGs at the heart of their impact framework and approaches.

Social prescribing impacts upon all 17 goals . As such, governments and organisations that are not yet aware of the benefits of social prescribing should be made aware and be supported to include social prescribing as part of their SDG implementation strategy. What are your thoughts?

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How to set the social prescribing workforce up for success

We know that our health is affected by other ‘factors’ outside of healthcare, hence the need for social prescribing; to help tackle the ‘factors’ in order to improve a person’s overall wellbeing.

How to set the social prescribing workforce up for success:

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What you probably haven’t considered for social prescribing

The relevance and power of being connected

Social prescribing has a role to play in helping to inform and facilitate peer to peer support not only for those who are feeling isolated or lonely but for everyone who would benefit.

There are many things that people are able to handle as a community. We all want to feel supported. There is absolutely nothing in this world that comes close to the value of being connected to others who share similar interests, problems, issues & concerns. It is for this same reason that we are a membership organisation for link workers

Being alienated from your social group is something that happens very often when you are suffering from any kind of debilitating disease. This is something that can make people feel extremely depressed and unhappy. They feel like there is no one out there who can relate, and they even feel uncomfortable and angry when they see everyone else in their lives enjoying their health. These feelings can’t be helped, and they unfortunately create large gaps between people.

The good news is that social connectivity via online and offline has come to change that forever. Now people can find others who are suffering from their same problem or share similar interests. Forums, self help groups are extremely popular outside of social media networks and there are also pages and groups that are dedicated to all kinds of health issues. The point is that people can easily find a place where they can feel accepted and supported.

Having a community that you can see as the place to feel welcome and supported is extremely powerful. Online communities have become a huge part of this process with many groups that are dedicated to support for people who suffer from all kinds of physical and mental health issues.

Social prescribing can help encourage people to start making significant changes in their lives by facilitating social connections and signposting to appropriate support groups. These groups have given a large number of people the chance to find support and to stay motivated as they are dealing with their condition or issues.

Furthermore, it is also important that social prescribing workers are empowered and supported to not only survive but to thrive in the role. Become a member of the National Association of Link Workers

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Useful links

https://www.selfhelp.org.uk/

https://healthunlocked.com/

https://membership.connectlink.org

GP receptionist vs GP receptionist care navigator

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Key difference between a GP receptionist vs GP receptionist care navigator

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Link working trends that you need to be aware of

‘Link’ working connecting people to the right professionals, services and activities at the right time to contribute to their health and wellbeing.

Whilst a degree of application of the role has come and gone over the years, the role is newly being recognised for its potential value in all sectors.  

Why the new recognition? 

There’s new evidence to suggest that the role can help all sectors manage their common unrelenting struggle to deliver good service despite growing patient demand, over stretched budgets and a very fatigued workforce.

The pressure for a solution, quickly, means a dynamic and varied ‘link’ workplace is emerging, referring to service with different language, being carried out under different titles, with different roles, dependent on sector.  Some of the current service references include:

Social prescribing (sometimes referred to as community referral, carried out by a link worker or navigator, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services in order to provide high quality, holistic care (source:  The King’s Fund)

Care navigation (helping people to get the right support, at the right time to help manage a wide range of needs.  This may include support with long term conditions, help with finances and signposting to a range of statutory and voluntary sector services (source:  Health Education England)

Active signposting (a type of care navigation, asking for a little bit more information of patients to help correctly and quickly, at the first point of contact, signpost to the right professionals, services or activities (source: NHS England Primary Care Development)

Link (existing well before any other role, designed to support people in identifying and navigating personalised innovative opportunities and solutions to support the self-management of their complex health and social care needs (source: Age UK).

Are the descriptions above ringing true to your experience?  Anything to add? Feel free to get in touch or leave comments below.

Whichever the service offering above, there’s no doubt that success of service offering is directly tied to the degree that those who deliver the role are set up for success! We’re here to help, should you need it.