Special Interest Groups
There is a range of special interest groups in existence and in development within social prescribing. Here you can find key contacts and relevant links. If you are involved in a special interest group that is not listed but you would like to be featured, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Young People's Social Prescribing SIG
Social prescribing for adults is established and proven – across the country, schemes are delivering measurable benefits for individuals and for the system. If we adapt social prescribing to suit their age-related needs, many believe that there is no reason why we can’t deliver the same for young people and families.
This SIG for Young People will be a place where we can collaborate, share experiences, pass on tips and pool knowledge and resources about all aspects, from planning to promotion, and outcome measurement to quality assurance.
The purpose of the SIG is to save time and money by sharing knowledge and to give local organisations a support network to call upon. We would welcome your views on how the SIG can best work for you. You may find this briefing paper from the Young People's Health Partnership on Social Prescribing for Young People helpful.
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 Nursing Social Prescribing SIG is open to all nurses, midwives & health visitors who are interested in taking nursing practice forward, sharing best practice and engaging with personalised, asset based approaches to care.
Social prescribing provides opportunities to think about ‘health’ differently – and consider how nurses can promote both health and wellbeing for people across health, social and third sector organisations.
We are interested in exploring how nurses, midwives and health visitors can highlight existing work and collaborate to share good practice. It would be great to hear about innovative ways of working and person centred, asset based approaches both within and outside of the social prescribing movement
We want to explore the language of social prescribing within the nursing landscape
We want to
Find how and why nurses, midwives and health visitors promote/use social prescribing (including self-care, public health, personalisation and integration)
Gain insight into the different types of practice that nurses, midwives and health visitors are engaged with or leading
Bring nurses, midwives and health visitors together to explore current practice, activity and challenges to social prescribing and the opportunity/solutions.
Support nurses, midwives & health visitors by providing links to key resources about social prescribing, self-care, public health, personalisation and integration)
Undertake collaborative research to evaluate nursing and nursing services and support across the personalisation agenda (including self-care, public health, personalisation and integration)
Promote social prescribing across health, social and third sector organisations
Link in with regional, national and local social prescribing networks
Collaborate with other health care professionals to understand best ways of working and explore synergy.
Royal College of Nursing
The RCN has 2 twitter chats planned across multi-disciplinary working in conjunction with the Self Care forum the We Communities. The details of the chats are on the We communities website;
Join up to the Public Health Forum, follow the links on My RCN:
Call for support for Self Care week, 12th – 18th November: - Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self-care across communities, families and generations.
We have 2 twitter chats planned across multi-disciplinary working which I am hosting in conjunction with the Self Care forum http://www.selfcareforum.org/ and the We Communities. The details of the chats are on the We communities website; http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5279
Please do support the chats, the #WeMDT please also post on forum Facebook pages, send out to networks and colleagues.
Self Care is the active participation of individuals – either alone or in groups – in protecting and maintaining their health and wellbeing. Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and visit the GP when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term. It is about all aspects of life.
Medical Student Social Prescribing SIG
The Medical Students in Social Prescribing Special Interest Group is led by Bogdan Chiva Gurca, our Social Prescribing Champion. Howarth, Senior Lecturer at Salford University. For further information, or to get involved, contact Bogdan.
Ambulance services Social Prescribing SIG
In response to the growing interest in Social & Public Health and Social Prescribing from paramedics on the ground and from organisations such as the Social Prescribing Network, the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health and the College of Paramedics, Shaun McBride created a project called the "Ambulance Social Prescribing Initiative" to try to bring those people & organisations together and work as a point of contact for people interested in social prescribing. The aims of the project are:
Bring together people interested in Social Health & social prescribing and the ambulance service (whether they be subject matter experts (such as those in the SPN) and interested in its application in the ambulance service or ambulance staff themselves)
Establish an idea of what best practice looks like
Educate ambulance staff to be able to identify, assess and manage (either through signposting or referral to a scheme) poor social health, especcially in vulnerable communities such as the homeless, refugees & asylum seekers, those in working poverty and the elderly. This will be through online resources, CPD days, conferences and going into Student Paramedic courses at universities.
Provide the resources to enable ambulance staff to make referrals/signpost (e.g. enabling them to find SP schemes)
Conduct research into how Social Health affects the ambulance service and health outcomes, and contribute to the evidence base into how Social Prescribing can improve health outcomes.
Promote Social Health amongst trust-level management and other NHS bodies
For further information, please visit The Ambulance Social, Public & Inclusion Health Project.