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.
Kimberlee, R. (2013). Developing a social prescribing approach for Bristol