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New funding and support programme for London’s Social Prescribing Innovators

21st June 2022

  • Healthy London Partnership is launching a new pilot programme to support London’s social prescribing link workers improve delivery of social prescribing services in primary care.
  • Individuals and small groups that apply could receive up to £10,000 in grant funding and six months of dedicated support to tackle a challenge they face in through delivery of a specific social prescribing project.
  • Applications open 22 June 2022 and the deadline to apply is 11:59pm 20 July 2022.

Individuals and small groups working on social prescribing services in London could be eligible for up to £10,000 in grant funding and a six-month coaching and support programme.

Applications for Healthy London Partnership’s new Social Prescribing Innovators Programme open 22 June and there will be four weeks to apply.

Successful applicants, as judged by some of London’s most expert social prescribing professionals, academics, and clinicians, will be supported to deliver a specific project targeting a particular implementation issue, for six months from October 2022.

Dr Jagan John, Clinical Director for Personalised Care in London, and Chair of the North East London Clinical Commissioning Group says the programme will unleash powerful ideas from London’s vibrant social prescribing workforce to help overcome some of the implementation challenges of expanding delivery into London’s primary care networks.

“Social prescribing link workers, when based as part of the multi-disciplinary team in primary care networks, can really tackle the health inequalities many Londoners face. Yet time and again we hear how difficult it is to recruit and retain people with the right skills, set up hubs in the right locations, or link to appropriate services in communities outside the health service. This programme will give talented individuals and teams the opportunity to have the support they need to test out new ideas for making sure we can rollout social prescribing right across London, taking a holistic approach to even more people’s health and wellbeing while easing the pressure on the NHS.”

The results of the pilot programme will be shared in March next year. The innovative solutions developed by those who take part in the programme will be shared with all those interested in mainstreaming social prescribing across London’s primary care services and beyond.

Social prescribing was highlighted as a priority by the Secretary of State for Health and Care Sajid Javed earlier this year, is a key commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan.

To find out more, including details of a workshop to support interested applicants on 7 July 2022, visit our Personalised Care project page.

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