Nursing in Social Prescribing Special Interest Group (SIGSPN)

Nursing Social Prescribing SIG

The Nursing in Social Prescribing Special Interest Group is led by Dr. Michelle Howarth, Senior Lecturer at Salford University.  For further information or to get involved, contact Dr. Howarth.

The SIGSPN was set up in 2019 as a community of nurses, AHP’s & midwives who were interested in social prescribing and the impact of non-medical, salutogenic approaches on wellbeing. The group has grown in strength over the past 4 years and includes representation from the RCN, QNI, regional social prescribing leads the PCI and multiple Higher Education Institutions. A significant interest of the group is supporting personalised approaches through non-medical interventions, that are often referred to by link workers as part of a wider social prescription. Our 2021/2022 aims are below:

  • Strengthen the nursing/AHP role within implementation of the Comprehensive Model for Personalised Care Model and ensure representation across all fields in health & social care.
  • Develop a national inter-professional social prescribing framework to support collaborative, cross sector integrated working
  • Enable students to develop the business and innovation skills to support personalised care models to transform future services.
  • Highlight and enhance how health care professionals can work alongside link workers across community and hospital care sectors (including secondary care) to promote personalised care for all
  • Support the development of ‘Creative wellbeing’ through targeted alliance with Health Creation, other national groups within a creative wellbeing context.
  • Help support and develop placement capacity within PCNs and third sector (non-governmental and non-profit-making organizations or associations, including charities, voluntary and community groups, cooperatives) through working with HEE and PERCIE.
  • Support the development of curriculum theory to ensure that SP and personalised approaches embedded and work with the Personalise Care Institute
  • Utilise our networks and alliances to help support and develop innovative approaches that support professionals to work to address health inequalities – working with Marmot areas/cities.
  • To support the development of a robust evidence base
  • Actively collaborate with the National Academy for Social Prescribing and Personalised Care Institute
  • Lobby relevant professional regulatory organisations for support in developing innovation, curricula and services.

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The Personalised Care Interprofessional Education Framework (PerCIE):

In 2020, and in response to the need for curriculum changes in nursing, AHPs and medicine, a number of members from the SIGSPN developed the Personalised Care Interprofessional Education Framework (PerCIE): The ‘PerCIE’ Steering group which has a focus on student placement education that can be used to promote personalised care.  The PerCIE group includes representation from students, Practice Education Facilitators, Third Sector organisations, Regional Social Prescribing Leads and a range of Higher Education institutions across the UK from nursing, Midwifery AHP and Medicine. The aims of the PerCIE group are below

  • Support a professional socio-culture shift from a medically dominated disease-based curriculum to a values-based person-centred model of care
  • Focus on what matters to the wellbeing of citizens and communities using collaborative, inclusive principles that support mutual learning
  • Enable health and social care students to feel they can actively make a difference to the health of their communities whilst they learn
  • Evidence learning and benefits within portfolios of learning and professional development
  • Enable students to explore their interests and develop new ones to broaden their perspectives on health, illness & wellbeing
  • Promote student altruism and empathy
  • Support students’ exposure to diverse communities, including but not limited to BAMEgroups, to gain a wider understanding of their health and social needs and associated inequalities

A copy of the PerCIE Framework can be found here.