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Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is an umbrella term that describes a person-centred approach to connecting people to local community assets. It can help empower individuals to recognise their own needs, strengths, and personal assets and to connect with their own communities for support with their personal health and wellbeing.

Figure: Social Prescribing Pathway

The concept of social prescribing has received significant political attention and cross-party support in Wales. The Connected Communities Strategy 2020 sets out the intention to support the development of social prescribing schemes across Wales. With the development of a National Framework for Social Prescribing being a key Programme for Government commitment (2021-2026).

The Primary Care Hub in Public Health Wales:

  • Leads the coordination of the four key social prescribing deliverables, identified in the Connected Communities Strategy and aligns these with the National Framework for Social Prescribing 
  • Supports the development and implementation of the National Framework for Social Prescribing