The Health and Wellbeing Fund is giving 23 social prescribing projects in England a share of £4.5 million to extend existing social prescribing schemes or establish new ones.
‘Social prescribing’ aims to improve patients’ quality of life, health and wellbeing by recognising that health is affected by a range of social, economic and environmental factors. It has also been shown to reduce demand on NHS services.
The Health and Wellbeing Fund is part of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Programme. The fund aims to reduce health inequalities by building the evidence base around good practice in social prescribing, sharing lessons and widening adoption of practices that are proven to work.