Social Prescribing

NHS England is seeking to build its engagement and understanding of voluntary and community sector experiences and perspectives on social prescribing, to enable more effective partnerships and maximise social prescribing’s contribution to the ambitions of the Long Term Plan and relevant Universal Personalised Care (UPC) Actions.

For social prescribing to fulfil its potential, there needs to be strong relationships and close collaboration between the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) and local health and care systems. There is still more to do to build these partnerships consistently across the country.

National Voices has been commissioned by the NHS England Personalised Care Group (PCG) to work with the VCSE to explore the critical issues that need to be addressed to enable effective social prescribing and to develop suggested solutions with the VCSE sector.

What are the aims of this project?

This project will explore the local conditions that enable social prescribing to happen at scale. It will explore the issues that need to be addressed at a whole system level and it will identify what is needed to build community assets and capacity.

What we have planned

There will be a range of opportunities to get involved in this project, drawing on the insights and expertise of the VCSE, including local workshops, online events and roundtables.

We are presently organising a series of practitioner workshops to surface key enabling conditions and practices that support effective social prescribing at a local level, and critical issues for local and national systems to address in order to create/encourage these conditions. The workshops will focus on practical issues and lessons from local partners.

The workshops are taking place in the South West, North East and in Greater Manchester and are open to VCSE organisations working in those areas. The events will be a key opportunity to share experiences of being involved in social prescribing and to discuss is working well, and what are the challenges. Registrations are now open for the first three consultation events Don’t worry if there is no event in your area – we will be sharing details of further opportunities to engage very soon.

Get involved

Please drop us a line if you have any questions about our work on social prescribing or if you are keen to get involved please email