Feasibility of social prescribing service in primary care

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Brandling J, House W

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University of Bath

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A feasibility study on developing a social prescribing service to reach a significant proportion of primary care high resource users who may benefit from a social intervention. It refers to other projects including Stockport Arts on Prescription.

The aim of the study was to prepare for a multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) examining outcome and cost effectiveness for a new social prescribing service compared with usual care in patients making above average use of NHS resources.

As the project developed it became clear that this method of further research was not in the best interests of the patients, staff and stakeholders and that this would not provide a sustainable service. Therefore the overall aim of the project evolved to write a business case to present to service commissioners in order to instigate and sustain a social prescribing service in Keynsham.


Determine the prevalence of high resource users in three general practices serving Keynsham.

Explore the role of a social prescribing facilitator based in primary care, how the postholder would integrate into existing structures including the general practices and the community and voluntary groups to which referral will be made.

Investigate other social prescribing schemes already in operation.

Establish a relationship with a health economist in preparation for recruitment to the proposed future study.

Develop a bid for funds via the Big Lottery and prepare a business case for presentation to the local Primary Care Trust.


Main Focus: Mental Health

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Primary Care

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APA Citation:

Brandling, J., & House, W. (2007). Investigation into the feasibility of a social prescribing service in primary care: a pilot project. UK: University of Bath.