WSSPR and social prescribing related news

26 July 2023

Support to capture older people’s experiences of digital exclusion 

The increasing use of digital technology means that the way we access services and information, and the way that we communicate, has changed significantly in recent years.

While this provides many opportunities, the significant number of older people who are not online – estimated to be around a third of people over 75 – are at risk of being left behind and excluded from crucial information and services that support us to age well.

Read more.

14 July 2023

Call for Papers / Posters: Rural Health and Care Conference 2023

Please find attached application forms for the presentation of Papers and Posters at the forthcoming Rural Health and Care Conference Embracing Change – welcoming innovation and new ways of delivering Rural Health and Care services”, which this year is being held in hybrid format, both online and in person on the 14th and 15th November 2023.

Please could you circulate the application forms within your organisation and to any of your colleagues or friends who may be interested in presenting at the event. As last year, there will be a special Poster section specifically for students. 

The closing date for submission of applications is 22nd September 2023.

If you have any queries or require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Best wishes

3 July 2023

Developing a social prescribing evaluation framework and training materials

The University of South Wales, in collaboration with the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR), and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), is undertaking a study to develop an evaluation framework for social prescribing and accompanying training materials.

We are inviting individuals with experience / expertise in social prescribing to take part in a UK-wide and international Delphi study.

The attached Information sheet provides further details on the study, the Delphi method, and your involvement.

The Delphi study will be conducted via three rounds, using an online platform hosted by the University of Stirling. The aim is to work towards achieving mutual agreement / consensus on the components of: An evaluation framework and reporting standards for social prescribing evaluation.

If you decide you would like to take part, please follow this link and click ‘join’ to register:

If you have any difficulties in accessing the platform please contact Prof. Kevin Swingler:

If you have any queries about the study, please contact: Dr Sarah Wallace:

12 May 2023

How social prescribing can make positive changes to health and wellbeing

Since 2017 the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR), based at PRIME Centre Wales funded by Health and Care Research Wales, has strived to improve people's wellbeing through the implementation of social prescribing within Welsh primary care services. 

Read the full interview with Professor Carolyn Wallace here.

03 November 2022

Take part in study to identify and agree a Social Prescribing core minimum dataset

Hello, we would like to invite you to take part in a study to identify and agree a core minimum dataset for Social Prescribing. This work is seeking involvement from across All Wales and is part of developing a Social Prescribing Evaluation Framework, supported by the Regional Partnership Board in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. More.

02 November 2022

Glyndwr University Research Study on Compassion and Social

Social Prescribers are invited to take part in a research study on compassion and social prescribing. Researchers at Wrexham Glyndŵr University are looking to develop a workshop on compassion for health and wellbeing sector staff whose job role involves social prescribing, and we would like to know more about compassion and social prescribing in order to ensure the training is suitably tailored to meet the needs of those working within this role. More.

WSSPR Annual Report 2021-2022

October 2022

WSSPR Annual Report 2021 - 2022

Our annual report for 2021-2022 is out now. This year two report in this funding period (2020-2023) provides an insight into our understanding of how social prescribing should be evaluated, our research capacity building and how we’ve been developing our local, national and international partnerships to build the evidence base for social prescribing.