In Rotherham the Social Prescribing Service is delivered by Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) in partnership with more than 20 local voluntary and community organisations (VCOs). It aims to increase the capacity of GPs to meet the non-clinical needs of patients with complex long-term conditions (LTCs).The Service was first commissioned as a two-year pilot Pilot in 2012. In 2014-15 it was re-commissioned for a further year with an additional 3 years of service provision contracted in April 2015 and funded through the Better Care Fund. At its core a team of Voluntary and Community Sector Advisors (VCSAs) provide a single gateway to voluntary and community support for GPs and Service users. They receive referrals from GPs of eligible patients and carers and assess their support needs before referring on to appropriate VCS services. The Service also administers a grant funding pot through which a 'menu' of VCS activities to meet the needs of Service users is commissioned. The service covers the whole of the borough of Rotherham and is one of the largest of its kind, as the majority of social prescribing activity in the UK has had a much smaller geographic focus and has not provided grant funding for additional services. The evaluation found that 82 per cent of service users, regardless of age or gender, reported a positive change in their wellbeing within four months of being issued with a social prescription.
This example is taken from The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for people with long term Health Conditions Annual Evaluation Report