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Making sense of social prescribing (2017) Polley, M. et al.


A review of the evidence assessing impact of social prescribing to healthcare demand and cost implications (2017) Polley, M. et al.

A guide to selecting patient reported outcome measures (PROM's) for social prescribing (2019) Polley, M & Richards, R.

Decision making tool for PROM's in social prescribing (2019) Polley, M & Richards, R.

What does social prescribing look like? Mapping meaningful outcomes (2020) Polley, M et al.

Evaluation report of the social prescribing demonstrator site in Shropshire - Final Report (2019) Polley, M et al.


Dance to Health: Evaluation of the Pilot Programme (2017) AESoP


Good practice for social prescribing for mental health: the role of nature-based interventions (2017) Bragg, R & Leck, C.


Social prescribing at a glance: North West England (2016) Health Education England


Shine 2014 final report. Social Prescribing. Integrating GP and community assets for Health. Health Foundation (2015) Bertotti, M. et al.


Steps towards implementing self-care: A resource for local commissioners (2017) Healthy London


Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group's social prescribing service: Evaluation report (2016) Kimberley, R. et al.


Just what the doctor ordered: social prescribing - a guide for local authorities (2016) Local Government Association


Inaugural National Social Prescribing conference report (2016) Social Prescribing Network


Social Prescribing: A pathway to work? (2016) Steadman, K. et al.


The Role of Advice Services in Health Outcomes: evidence review and mapping study (2015) The Low Commission 


Social prescribing: a review of community referral schemes (2015) Thomson, L. et al.


Social Prescribing: coming of age - The King's Fund -6th November 2018


All presentations are available to download via The King's Fund website.


Presentations from 1st International Social Prescribing Research Conference - University Of Salford - 14th June 2018

Plenary session

William Bird

Keynote speaker

Marie Polley, Jane Whiteside & Karen Pilkington

What are the outcomes of social prescribing - a mixed methods approach?

Design & Development - Concurrent session 1

Research Informing Practice - Concurrent session 2

Capturing The Impact - concurrent session 3

Will Ridge & Sue Wilkinson

Social Prescribing in Leeds.

Poster Presentations

All poster presentation from 1st International SP Research Conference at Salford Univeristy are available to view and download via OneDrive

Research conference delegate views on social prescribing

Marie Polley & Sonya Elnaschie

A summary of delegate views on key questions highlighted by The Social Prescribing Network.

Social Prescribing Network Videos

Here is a selection of short videos for you to watch which will give you an idea about social prescribing, what people think, who it can reach, and what is already happening. If you have a video you want to show us, please email us.

Celia Keenaghan

This video, based in Ireland, provides a meaningful overview of social prescribing whilst highlighting the current evidence and need for development. The video also includes many types of social prescription and the type of patient most benefitted.

Gloucestershire CCG

CCG Staff and service users describe their views of social prescribing and how it works in the Gloucestershire area.

Tim Owen Jones

Tim Owen Jones from the College of Medicine delivers a thought-provoking reflective video and interview with experienced social prescribers following his trip to the Bromley By Bow Centre.

Family Action

Members of the Family Action group in Hackney describe social prescription and how it makes a difference for families that come to the project.


Academics, clinicians, patients and the voluntary sector, all make the case for social prescription over the many levels at which it impacts, whilst demonstrating the wide variety of social prescribing schemes in Bristol.

West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing Ltd.

A GP’s view of how the West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing initiative impacts her options and how she can help her patients.

West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing Ltd.

A good description of Social Prescription followed by more specific information on their local project from a Health and Wellbeing Development Practitioner from Wakefield.

Telford Wrekin

A perfect demonstration of how simple community groups can offer so great a lifeline to those who go there.

NHS Health Scotland

An excellent series of videos from various locations in Scotland each addressing different aspects of social prescribing including integrated care and outcome measures.

Bromley By Bow Centre

A lovely video from MacMillan demonstrating how Social Prescription can be an invaluable tool in the treatment of cancer patients.

Social Prescribing in Wales

This video provides an introduction to social prescribing in Wales, and showcases the work of Welsh projects. It was produced in association with the Social Prescribing Student Champion scheme and Swansea University.

Social Prescribing in City & Hackney

A good description of how the social prescribing scheme has been working in City and Hackney. Perspectives from a GP, a social prescribing coordinator and some service users.