We are funded by Welsh Government via Health and Care Research Wales

Annual Report 2022-23

Social prescribing research for improving the health and wellbeing of society

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The Wales School for Social Prescribing Research mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of society through excellent social prescribing research and evaluation.

The Wales School for Social Prescribing Research is led by researchers at the University of South Wales in partnership with the WCVA; and is an all-Wales school.
We use a translational research model to ensure findings have high-impact in academia, practice, policy and education.
Social prescribing is “connecting citizens to community support to better manage their health and well-being”. In Wales, social prescribing is predominantly based in the community, with social prescribers funded by voluntary sector organisations. Individuals can be referred to social prescribing through clinical and social pathways, and a self-referral model is emerging.

The Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) is funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales and sits within PRIME Centre Wales.


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Key Publication

Thomas G, Lynch M, Spencer LH. (2021). A Systematic Review to Examine the Evidence in Developing Social Prescribing Interventions That Apply a Co-Productive, Co-Designed Approach to Improve Well-Being Outcomes in a Community Setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 18(8):3896. 


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