Social Prescribing

Social prescribing seems to be the latest buzzword in primary care. The NHS Long Term Plan raised it as part of a ‘fundamental shift’ in primary care services, and the Government’s aim is to refer at least 900,000 people to social prescribing within five years and overall give 2.5 million people access to social prescribing.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is setting out his ambition for every patient in the country to have access to social prescribing schemes on the NHS as readily as they do medical care.

Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. This can include activities such as art and singing classes.

Connected Kingston is dedicated to helping Kingston residents find local activities such as this Mindfulness Practice group and navigate local services within the context of the new NHS Social Prescribing services. It is run by the Royal Borough of Kingston Council and Kingston Voluntary Action in conjunction with local charities and statutory organisations. Our goal is to help residents of Kingston stay happy, healthy and connected to each other while maintaining and building Kingston’s community so we can all live our best lives.