Social Prescribing and NHS Facilities: How could the NHS better use its facilities to support social prescribing, holistic care and community resilience?


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Collins B

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
King's Fund

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This King’s Fund report, commissioned by NHS Property Services, explores how NHS services, in particular primary and community services, could make better use of their facilities to support social prescribing, holistic care and community resilience.

The paper examines the range of strategies NHS organisations might deploy to make better use of estate for these purposes, from making the environments more welcoming and making it easier to book and use rooms, to ensuring that more substantial redesign of facilities is successful. It also considers how they might bring together traditional healthcare, social prescribing and community activities in a useful way; and how the NHS could make its facilities available to local people in ways that support regeneration.

The report is based on desk research on social prescribing and the use of NHS facilities and also over twenty-five interviews with national leads for social prescribing, policy experts, leaders of NHS and other public services and facilities managers. The paper includes case studies of some health and wellbeing centres in the UK, the design of which has been based on the successful Bromley by Bow model, combining the arts, education, community activities and health services to address specific needs in their community.



Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Collins, B. (2020). Social Prescribing and NHS Facilities: How could the NHS better use its facilities to support social prescribing, holistic care and community resilience? London: King's Fund.