National Academy for Social Prescribing announces partnership to build evidence base
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The creation of a new academic partnership for social prescribing has been announced by the National Academy for Social Prescribing. This new partnership aims to bring together a collaborative of some of the leading researchers in the field of social prescribing to help build an evidence base that is accessible, useful and compelling.

The Academy’s Strategic Plan, A Social Revolution in Wellbeing, indicates that there is a large and growing evidence base supporting the benefits of social prescribing for people’s health and wellbeing, but that it is not comprehensive nor always easy to access.

The academic partnership and the Academy will work closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement and other partners, to share existing evidence more effectively, and with focus on outcomes for people, local systems and communities.  The programme will run from February 2021, with a report due by autumn 2021.

Commenting on the new partnership, Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing, Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “We are all really excited to start this work –  making it easier for social prescribing link workers, health practitioners, decision makers and the people we care for, to find the high quality information and evidence needed to make informed choices. This is a vital step forward in underpinning the National Academy for Social Prescribing’s ambitions to help social prescribing thrive”.

For more information about the partnership, visit the National Academy for Social Prescribing website.

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