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A social prescribing network in the Fylde coast

Lancashire and South Cumbria – Test and Learn

June 2021

Sonakshi Anand, Charlotte Pace, Katie Turner


Since January 2020, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has been supporting the Lancashire & South Cumbria Health and Care System on a test and learn initiative. Working at a place-based level, we looked at ways to draw on local leadership and the power and capacity of communities to improve their own health and wellbeing – in the context of the changing role of commissioning, with a more community-centred focus in the Integrated Care System (ICS).

In the Fylde Coast, the focus of the Test & Learn initiative was on the cross-sector gap where colleagues in Primary Care and the Voluntary Community Faith Social Enterprises (VCFSE) did not cross paths often, and on the need for a social prescribing community that works together. In response, a small steering group formed, combining the expertise and experience across the health and care systems. In this case study, we review the journey so far, participant feedback, what success looks like and the next steps forward. Not only is this a reflective document for the ICS in Lancashire and South Cumbria, but inspiration for other locales developing and progressing cross-sector partnerships. 

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For more information on this case study, please contact:

 Tracy Hopkins – VCFSE leader- 

Debbie Lagette – Social Prescribing Link Worker –


(Case study – A social prescribing network in the Fylde coast – IVAR June 2021)

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