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Government Launches Social Prescribing Academy


The Health and Social Care Secretary has revealed their ambition to make social prescribing schemes just as accessible as medical care is on the NHS.

The National Academy for Social Prescribing will work to standardise the quality and the range of social prescribing available. They will also work to increase the awareness of social prescribing using evidence-based results, as well as develop and share best practices.

Health, wellbeing and social welfare will all be addressed through social prescribing by connecting the public to their community services.

Activities including art and singing classes in the community could be available to improve aspects of health amongst patients.

Other aims of the academy include the collaboration of partners from health, housing and local government with arts, culture and sports organisations to improve on the existing range of options available, as well as the developing, the training and accreditation across all sectors.

In additional to the benefits made available to patients in need, the social prescribing could reduce the burden on the NHS.

The sentiment from the Health and Social Care Secretary is that the academy is much more important than any one individual; it’s about everyone in health, arts, culture, sport, communities coming together around one simple principle - prevention is better than cure.

For more information visit the Government website.

MVA has already made a start in working toward improving the health, wellbeing and social welfare of local people.

Working with partners like Simply Connect and Public Health Medway, MVA has been helping to develop a digital portal to all community services in Medway through their Simply Connect Medway platform; which is designed to support cross referrals into community services from NHS, adult social care, and the voluntary sector; one of the main the intentions for the portal is to support individuals who are isolated, vulnerable or have long-term physical and mental health conditions.

More information can be found at the Simply Connect Medway platform.


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