The second annual Social Prescribing Day will take place on March 12th 2020.
In 2019, the very first Social Prescribing Day took place on March 14th, and highlighted the importance and significance of social prescribing within modern healthcare.
On the actual day, some 29.5 million people interacted with the hashtag #socialprescribingday on the social media platform Twitter, with around 11,000 messages and tweets shared. 11 countries were involved with promoting the day, and the hashtag trended #3rd in the UK on Twitter.
12th of March represents an international annual celebration of social prescribing. This is a specific date in the calendar when we highlight the importance and significance of SP within healthcare.
Working in partnership with GPs, community groups, voluntary organisations, medical schools, academics, and students across the UK and world, our programme of events and activities aims to engage people of all ages.
We know that at least one in four patients see their doctor for pure social problems and welfare advice. For this group of patients, social prescribing has been shown to improve quality of life and emotional wellbeing, mental and general wellbeing, as well as improving levels of depression and anxiety. However, social prescribing does more than that. Emerging evidence has shown that social prescribing can play a key role in tackling the social determinants of ill health as well as supporting the increasing number of patients suffering from chronic diseases.
SP has been led to date by people who are enthusiastic, committed, and who have given their all to make things better for their patients and communities.
The 12th of March provides the perfect opportunity to empower key stakeholders to collaborate, unite those who share a mutual passion for social prescribing, and disseminate the benefits and impact of social prescribing. More so because 2019 is the year of social prescribing. With the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and personalised care being marked as a priority, the NHS has promised to support at least 900,000 people to benefit from Social Prescribing by 2023.
Who can get involved in celebrating #SocialPrescribingDay?
The short answer is everyone. Whether you are a patient, carer, any allied healthcare professional, clinician, academic, voluntary care sector organisation, charity, university, school, general practice, secondary care trust, student or just someone with a passion for providing patients with ‘more than pills’, we’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating a social movement that, we believe, will make the biggest difference in health and care of the century.
Share your projects, photos, videos, and success with the rest of the world on the 12th of March via Twitter by using #SocialPrescribingDay.
There are several things you can do to raise awareness and disseminate the benefits of social prescribing. Apart from joining our Social Media Campaign #SocialPrescribingDay, depending on your team, time, and availability, below are a few examples:
These suggestions are not exhaustive so if you’d like to express an idea, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public activities (e.g. choirs, cooking classes, dancing, swimming, arts, etc.)
Awareness stands (e.g. in cafés)
Hosting school / university students to take part in your activities and learn about SP
Social prescribing fairs
Awareness stands (e.g. cafés and restaurants)
Posters and leaflets
Interactive activities for the general public
Posters and leaflets (e.g. digital slide in waiting areas)
What is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing is a healthcare model championed by the College of Medicine that takes a whole-person, holistic approach to people’s health and well-being.
For many, the bio-medical approach – essentially, always looking to modern medicine – is often unable to address all of the factors affecting someone’s health, including social and welfare issues. Social prescribing offers an alternative, non-medicalised approach (often working alongside medicine) including elements such as exercise, sociable classes and therapies to ensure patients have the best chance to live well.