Published: 5 September 2022
A new report published by the Primary Care Division, Public Health Wales, highlights the distinctions and synergies between, physical and mental health services, wellbeing activities and community assets; and social prescribing.
Social prescribing, a non-clinical intervention, defined in Wales as ‘connecting citizens to community support to better manage their health and wellbeing’ has received support and recognition, as an important approach to improving health and wellbeing for all.
The current social prescribing model in Wales is holistic, person-centred and integrates with statutory services across sectors. The ‘Social Prescribing Interface Model’ reflects the distinctive ways that people engage with these services and activities, but it recognises that there are clear meeting points when viewed together. The following interfaces have been explored:
Zoe Wallace, Director of Primary Care “This Social Prescribing Interface Model helps to illustrate the interactions of social prescribing with existing services and activities. Understanding these interfaces will help to implement Welsh Government’s forthcoming national framework for social prescribing”.
Five recommendations have been identified which are intended to inform strategic direction and policy development in relation to social prescribing, with the goal of supporting and improving the wellbeing of both current and future generations in Wales.