Sometimes referred to as community referral, social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

The Kings Fund new explainer looks at whether social prescribing works and how it fits in with wider health and care policy. Read more here

While a related event will provide insight into the social prescribing movement.