Developing a social prescribing approach for Bristol

Kimberlee, R. (2013) Developing a social prescribing approach for Bristol. Project Report. Bristol Health & Wellbeing Board, UK. Available from:


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This report will outline three different models of Social Prescribing (SP) to help to describe the types of SP practice provided across the city: Light, Medium and Holistic. It briefly outlines local examples of each. All of the Holistic projects identified here have emerged from organic partnerships that have independently developed between GPs in practice and their local third sector partners to address perceived well-being needs that they both identify. Data from one SP holistic project suggests that three months after a beneficiary’s induction on the project beneficiaries show statistically significant improvement in: PHQ9 (p=0.001), GAD7(p=0.001) , Friendship Scale (p=0.001), ONS Wellbeing measures (item range p=0.05 through to p= 0.001) and IPAQ items for moderate exercise. Analysis of GP contact times also suggest that for 6 in 10 SP Holistic beneficiaries there is a reduction in their GP attendance rates in the 12 months post intervention compared to the 12 months period prior to the referral. For 26% of beneficiaries it stayed the same and for 14% it actually increased.

Item Type:Report or Working Paper (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:social prescribing, Bristol, UK
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:23221
Deposited By: Dr R. Kimberlee
Deposited On:26 Jun 2014 11:25
Last Modified:31 Dec 2017 13:41

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