How we set up a social prescribing service during lockdown
A social prescribing network in the Fylde coast
Lancashire and South Cumbria – Test and Learn
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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