Social prescribing is a rapidly emerging field – and it is sometimes hard to keep up with the sheer volume of publications, resources and general activity. This page is to signpost some key resources and links – and very much a work in progress. (If you have suggested additions, please get in touch!)

If you are new to social prescribing and want to find out what it is all about, the video below is a nice intro, and the publications ‘Social prescribing and community based support‘ guide from NHS England and ‘Making sense of social prescribing’ by Marie Polley & colleagues are good starting points.

Some key policy documents

NHS Long Term Plan (NHS, 2019) – website

Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model (NHS England, 2019)

Social Prescribing and community-based support: summary guide (NHS England, 2019)

A connected society: A strategy for tackling loneliness – laying the foundations for change (DCMS, 2018)

Fair Society Healthy Lives (The Marmot review) (Marmot et al., 2010)

Making personalised care a reality: The role of occupational therapy (RCOT, 2019)

Selected publications

Making sense of social prescribing (Polley et al., 2017)

Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality. A systematic review of the evidence (Bickerdike et al., 2017)

Social prescribing: Steps towards implementing self-care – a focus on social prescribing (Healthy London Partnership, 2017)

Wigan Community Link Worker Service Evaluation (Innovation Unit, 2016)

The Rotherham Social Prescribing Service for People with Long-Term Health Conditions: Annual Evaluation Report (Dayson et al., 2016)


Social Prescribing Network

National Academy for Social Prescribing

NHS England – Social Prescribing

North West Social Prescribing Network

Future NHS Social Prescribing Collaboration platform

Social Prescribing & Self Care Wiki

ConnectLink: National Association of Link Workers

RCOT – Occupational therapy’s role in social prescribing

Personalised Care Institute

Social Prescribing @ University of Plymouth