Social Prescribing Unit
Our Social Prescribing Unit is a network of colleagues from across the University with an interest in social prescribing. We aim to develop activity in partnership with external partners, including communities.
What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focused on improving mental health and physical wellbeing. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, people with complex needs, people who are socially isolated and those with multiple long-term conditions who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.*
The Social Prescribing Unit was established in 2021 and is in the Institute for Citizenship, Community and Change (ICSC) Centre for Citizenship and Community. It draws together colleagues from a range of disciplines. Our activity is focused on our three strategic priorities:
- Research and evaluation
- Learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including CPD. Student placements and work experience programmes.
- Recognising, harnessing and developing the role that communities play in achieving good social prescribing outcomes.
Primarily our research will focus on the outcomes of social prescribing. We aim to support and promote the development of research activities relating to social prescribing, professional and community practices.