What the National Framework for Social Prescribing means for the sector
Professor Carolyn Wallace, Director of the Wales School for Social Prescribing, reflects on the recent launch of Welsh Government’s National Framework for Social Prescribing.
Social prescribing is a relationship-based approach which connects people to community support. It consists of three parts, referral to a prescriber (for example a GP or Community Connector), describing what social prescribing actually does, and the community assets (including community centres, voluntary organisations and the people themselves). Social prescribing itself comprises conversation, action planning, signposting/onward referral, and monitoring and reporting of outcomes. It requires multiple organisations to work together to ensure a coherent social prescribing pathway.