The Art of Social Prescribing: Informing Policy on Creative Interventions in Mental Health Care


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Wilson K

Year of Publication:
2015

Publisher(s):
Institute of Cultural Capital

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This summary research paper prepared for The Art of Social Prescribing conference in September 2015, presents a summary of key discussion points emerging from the Art of Social Prescribing project, part of the Cultural Commissioning Programme’s ‘Making Connections’ series.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 2014-15, the aim of The Art of Social Prescribing project was to convene a network of research, policy and practice communities to consider the efficacy of social prescribing as a fully integrated commissioning model across arts and health services in the city of Liverpool. Key objectives and questions considered throughout the project include identification of the key characteristics and lived experiences of ‘successful’ social prescribing and arts on prescription schemes; consideration of the ways in which research is undertaken in this area, including relationships between independent studies and commissioned evaluation research, and the role of arts and humanities research; along with discussion on the relationship between research, policy and practice in an ‘integrated’ commissioning model, and how this affects the way that the value of arts and culture is articulated and understood within and across those professional communities.

This paper presents a summary of key discussion points emerging from the Art of Social Prescribing project:
• Policy drivers influencing the strategic development of social prescribing and the opportunities and challenges presented for arts and cultural sectors;
• The key characteristics of social prescribing – and arts on prescription – in practice;
• The collaborative investment required to make social prescribing work;
• How research can fully capture the value of arts and culture on prescription;
• The feasibility of an asset-based cultural prescribing scheme



Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Wilson K. (2015). The Art of Social Prescribing: Informing Policy on Creative Interventions in Mental Health Care. Liverpool: The Institute of Cultural Capital.