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Government pledges to cut overprescribing of medicines
This week, the government published a review pledging to cut overprescribing of medicines, in response to a new report conducted by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England. The report found that roughly 10% of medication dispensed in primary care is...
What evidence supports social prescribing?
Social prescribing is the topic of the moment, and is being advocated more than ever by many national organisations. It allows GPs to increase their ability to provide a more personalised care for people’s physical and mental health through social...
Social prescribing across the world
Social prescribing is emerging as a potential solution for reducing strain on healthcare across the globe. From Ireland to Australia to the UK, healthcare is starting to notice the benefits to prescribing non-clinical interventions. Signs of social prescribing becoming a...
What does a social prescribing link worker do?
A link worker serves as the core contact person for someone who has been prescribed into social prescribing. Together with that person a link worker sets up a personalised action plan (where appropriate), pinpointing what is important to the individual and offers help and suggestions for community services based on that.
What are the social prescribing SNOMED codes and why are they important?
SNOMED codes or officially named SNOMED CT are used within healthcare and particularly electronic health records (EHRs) as a centralised terminology. It is in essence a clinical vocabulary allowing different IT systems to exchange clinical information more effectively and accurately....
How can link workers benefit from Social Prescription Software

Specific software designed for social prescribing can be a great benefit and productivity enhancer for social prescribing services. Link workers in particular can benefit from a dedicated platform for a number of reason.

Self-referral in social prescribing: advantages and disadvantages
Self-referral in social prescribing is a way in which people, looking to find help to tackle their physical or mental health, can refer themselves into a social prescribing service.   Self-referral into the Social Prescribing System Many organisations allow a...
Social prescribing software 2020/2021 Changes to Social Rx Connect system
Over the course of 2020 and 2021 we’ve made some big changes to our software. Today, on Social Prescribing Day 2021 we’re revealing changes we’ve made and how they’re helping the social prescribing service. Keen to see the full software...
Social Prescribing Day 18 March 2021
On 18 March 2021 Social Prescribing Day kicks off. Like previous year, the day is installed to celebrate the continuous efforts that have been made in the social prescribing field by countless communities. This year’s theme is: Listen – Support...
Social Rx Connect Receives 80% on the ORCHA Health App Review
ORCHA, a world leader in reviewing digital health solutions, has assessed the Social Rx Connect software solution for social prescribing services and awarded it a score of 80%. A score of 65% or higher means the application meets the ORCHA...
What is green social prescribing and how does it help?
Newly emerged and now given a national platform with a dedicated episode in the BBC’s Countryfile. Over the course of lockdown more people have seen the value in nature, giving rise to green social prescribing. But what does green social...
What is the definition of a link worker?

With social prescribing rising in healthcare, the question on the role of different parties is often discussed. At the core of social prescribing sits the link worker. This role has, since its coinage, continued to develop and has come with a range of responsibilities. Yet the definition of link worker varies from organisation to organisation. Different responsibilities and focus points are often named.

Types of link workers: family link worker and GP link worker
A link worker is at the core of the social prescribing workforce. They are often known under different names such as social prescribers, community connectors, navigators, and health advisors. In many cases these names are simply synonyms of one another....
Social Prescribing and 2020: 5 Changes to the Service

Social prescribing saw great changes during 2020. During the pandemic the service offered help across the country for people struggling with loneliness and isolation during periods of national or local lockdown.

The Benefits of Social Prescribing

There are great benefits to social prescribing for individuals and NHS organisations. Promising signs have emerged on the impact social prescribing has within the UK with robust evidence still needed. The benefits of social prescribing seem to prevail for both UK residents and the health and social care sector. But what are the biggest potential benefits?

The Impact of Social Prescribing

Social prescribing has existed under different names for a long time. Actual robust proof on the effectiveness of social prescribing is, however, still lacking. That said, there are a great number of positive signs that reveal the impact of social prescribing in the UK. 

Social Rx Connect is now on G-Cloud 12

We are delighted to announce our application to the G-Cloud 12 framework has been successful. Our social prescribing solution went live on the 28th of September.

Government awards £5 million to the NASP to combat COVID-19 loneliness

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5 million by the government. This funding follows from the effects of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of individuals.