We have published an evaluation report of the Richmond CCG funded social prescribing pilot.
The pilot took place in Barnes between October 2017 and March 2018, and was extended for a further three months to July 2018.
The report identifies that during this period:
- 94 people in the borough accessed social prescribing and that where GP appointment data is available (75 patients of the 94), 37 experienced a reduction in GP appointments, whilst 21 remained the same and 17 saw an increase.
- The number of prescriptions rose for 22 of the 75 patients, decreased for 15 patients and remained the same for 38 patients.
- There were self-rated improvements on the Wellbeing Star assessments (eight areas of wellbeing) for 57 patients.
The report also provides lessons learnt around the workings of the pilot and notes that the NHS Long Term Plan makes provision for the development of social prescribing in the future.
The full report can be found here.