Bristol has a wide variety of social prescribing practitioners, supporters and networks. Many are self-funded, some are supported by Bristol Public Health and others by grant making trusts. Whilst a rich variety of social prescribing practices has its advantages, there is also a desire for Bristol to have a more co-ordinated approach, ensuring the best use of our shared assets, share good practice and clarify referral routes.
Bristol Public Health have been supporting a multi-agency short life working group. Its work is focused on developing referral routes from GP practices to social prescribing activities.
At our workshop we will discuss:
- The latest developments in Bristol, and nationally.
- Confidence and quality. Some GP’s are reluctant to undertake social prescribing due to a lack of confidence and understanding of the organisations and activities involved. Would a Bristol Social Prescribing ‘kite mark’ improve confidence? This has been the approach in other local authorities. What sort of ‘kite mark’ would be most suitable?
- Measuring the impact of social prescribing. There are a variety of methods used to evaluate the impact of social prescribing. We will look at the current ones used and discuss alignment of evaluation across all social prescribers in Bristol.
80 Stokes Croft