Social Prescribing Innovators Programme
What is the programme?
The programme supports people on the frontline of social prescribing in London to overcome challenges and improve services’ ability to tackle health inequalities, through developing leadership skills, quality improvement and testing new ways of working.
More about the programme
Social prescribing has evolved rapidly in recent years and there have been amazing achievements across London in embedding social prescribing. However, we know that there are still many challenges to delivering an impactful service, in particular within:
- The access and uptake and experience of social prescribing among specific cohorts of people who face greatest health inequalities and would benefit most
- Recruitment and retention of Social Prescribing Link Workers leading that enables a thriving workforce that champions tackling health inequalities
- Demonstrating the impact and benefits of social prescribing on individuals, communities and the healthcare system
Those working on the frontline and closely within social prescribing have the insights and abilities to tackle these challenges.
The goal of this programme is to empower individuals and teams to develop meaningful solutions to systemic challenges they face through providing training, support, funding and a peer group of innovators to work alongside.
We hope the learnings and networks formed, as part of the pilot programme, will continue to support improvement work in social prescribing through developing a collective of innovators and a blueprint for how this can be done with future cohorts.
An Innovators Programme has four key benefits:
- It upskills and develops local frontline leaders
- It builds change capability and capacity in local services
- It strengthens networks between partners and communities
- It enables challenges to be tackled in a sustainable and cost-effective way
- Participants brought a challenge that acts as a barrier to social prescribing being able to deliver an impactful service and received wraparound support to lead meaningful improvement projects
- Participants were expected to attend all mandatory sessions and commit required time and resource to their projects throughout the 6 month programme
- Projects all focused on solutions to support social prescribing service design – rather than funding voluntary/community sector activities which individuals are referred to
- Participants were expected to share outcomes and learnings publicly at the end of their project – even where key deliverables were not yet achieved
rnResources for the applicants in the 2022/23 participant cohort:
If you’d like to learn more about the programme, including any learnings from the approach and how you can apply this approach yourself, please email the Social Prescribing team at: email@example.com.
Explore personalised care:
Get in touch:
Follow us on Twitter: