International Evidence Collaborative

National Academy for Social Prescribing

Invitation to join the National Academy for Social Prescribing’s Evidence Collaborative

The evidence base on the benefits of social prescribing for people’s health and wellbeing is growing, however it is not comprehensive or easy to access. This is hindering the growth of social prescribing at a time when demand is growing, especially to support those most impacted by COVID-19.

Several of the leading research institutions with an interest in social prescribing have been brought together as an academic partnership by the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP). NASP and its academic partners are working closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement, and others, to begin work to share evidence more effectively, with focus on outcomes for people, local systems, and communities. The academic partners are now building a wider collaborative to inform their work, welcoming interest from those with an interest in evidence from across the social prescribing pathway, both UK and internationally.

The University College London and Marie Polley Consultancy Ltd are leading the partnership and their core partners include:

The Social Prescribing Network; The University of Plymouth's National Institute of Health and Care Research Applied Research Collaboration (PenARC) for the South West Peninsula; The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford; University of East London; Sheffield Hallam University; University of the West of England; and the National Centre for Creative Health.

Over the past 2 years, a series of consultations were carried out to understand the priorities of the social prescribing community when it comes to having evidence reviews. After the priorities were established, there were a range of rapid scoping reviews completed which you can access here.

The NASP evidence page will be updated as more evidence reviews are completed.

This year we hosted three webinars exploring the evidence in social prescribing and welcomed a variety of speakers. You can access the presentations and recordings here or view videos on our YouTube channel. You can follow the Social Prescribing Network on Eventbrite to be notified of new events.

Sign up below if you are interested in joining the collaborative which will help inform how NASP improves and shares the evidence for social prescribing. We will also send you updates about future events and webinars.

Personal details will be collected, stored, and used by the Social Prescribing Network, on behalf of NASP and its academic partnership, and in line with the relevant data protection legislation.

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National Academy of Social Prescribing International Evidence Collaborative Seminar September 20th