Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services usually in the third, charity or social enterprise sectors.  Social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health and links “medical” processes into a more social model of health and well-being. 

The Accelerating Ideas programme at the Big Lottery (UK) are interested in funding the establishment of a Social Prescribing Network across the North of Ireland and Scotland to roll out the idea, extending take up and impact.  A partnership of the Healthy Living Centre Alliance (HLCA) and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing (SCHW) in Northern Ireland and Scotland (respectively) have commissioned a consortia of Community Enterprise and Scottish Community Development Centre to investigate this model. There is a need to consider what such a model should look like in Northern Ireland and Scotland.  We would be very grateful if you would take a short time to input to the research by completing this survey.   If you would like any further information, please contact Douglas Westwater on douglas@communityenterprise.co.uk or on 01506 862227.  The survey will close on the 18th August

* 1. Are you answering as;

* 2. Have you heard of Social Prescribing?

* 3. What would attract you to get involved in a social prescribing project?

* 4. What would be the barriers to getting involved in social prescribing?

* 5. Would you see this kind of initiative as potentially beneficial to your work?

* 6. This information is collected in the strictest confidence but it is helpful to know who you are, and we can keep you posted on developments.

* 7. Any final comments

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