The 2024 London-based patient voices programme for people with lived experience of social prescribing.

Social prescribing has huge impacts on patients’  lives, through providing  access to support for wider issues or concerns impacting their health and wellbeing, that isn’t available through traditional healthcare.

Patients are rarely given the opportunity to tell their story around this impact. First- hand patient stories are powerful messages, which can help to influence decision making and shape how services are delivered in the future. This new programme provided a safe space, support and a platform for individuals with lived experience of social prescribing to share their experiences .

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in such a rewarding pilot project. I’d also like to thank Debs (storytelling trainer) for giving us the tools and confidence to tell our stories. I’m shocked that I learnt so much. It was such a positive experience to meet so many wonderful people & hear their stories. I’ve come away inspired.”

Spencer Cole, 2023 Patient Voices participant

TPHC are committed to coproduction. We hope the programme will demonstrate the impact of effective coproduction using lived experience to promote, support and influence services.

The programme has been coproduced with various groups including NHS and Mental Health Peer Leaders, Lived Experience Practitioners, Hospital Trust Patient Voices groups, Social Prescribing Managers and Link Workers across London.