Evolving to holistic intervention
Social prescribing calls for a holistic approach as it involves multiple models and definitions. A clear GP referral route, a local focus, methods to provide holistic support to clients and high levels of support with clients are the preferred model in Bristol
Posted: 14 March 2016
Writer: Dr Richard Kimberlee, senior research fellow, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England
What is social prescribing?
At a general level, social prescribing has emerged as a partnership mechanism for linking primary care patients with support in their local community. But social prescribing practice varies considerably. My research enabled me to develop a typology to aid our understanding.
I am going to outline the development of social prescribing practice in Bristol. These insights come from a scoping study undertaken for Bristol clinical commissioning group (CCG) in 2013. It looks at the extent and nature of social prescribing locally and provides a typology of social prescribing practice: signposting, light, medium and holistic. It is based on primary data collected from focus groups with practitioners (n=8), public health employees (n=6) and GPs (n=4); and interviews with 40 practitioners and 22 patients. It highlights the dynamic nature of social prescribing locally, the importance of partnership working between the health and the community sector for delivery and suggests social prescribing practice varies considerably, but holistic approaches offer an opportunity to tackle the evolving crisis in primary care.
Join us tomorrow as we’ll be discussing the history of social prescribing