Vicky is programme director Connected Local Government, a regular host on CLGdotTV programmes and has served public sector IT for more than 25 years


Improving health and wellbeing in communities through social prescribing, micro-commissioning and developing volunteers


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Richard Howells of Bronze Software Labs and Jo Robins a consultant in public health with Shropshire Council refresh Vicky Sargent's thinking

Non-medical interventions that support people’s health and wellbeing are generating a great deal of interest as a means of reducing dependency on the health and social care system.

‘Social prescriptions’ include ‘knit and natter’ circles, ‘get active’ sessions, book and gardening clubs, and ‘get online’ initiatives.

Jo Robins is a consultant in public health with Shropshire Council. She is working with local GP practices to identify where there is potential for social prescribing. Richard Howells of Bronze Software Labs talks about the a platform that brings together a pipe-line of volunteers and other ‘community assets’ to match demand from people in local communities.

With the daily shortfall of carers estimated at 90,000, a churn rate of 29% across the care workforce, and an increase in the number of foreign nationals leaving the UK workforce, social prescribing and harnessing of community assets has never been more important.

This discussion unpicks some of the challenges (data-sharing, micro-commissioning, safeguarding and information provision) and examines some of the solutions.


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