It has been estimated that around 20 percent of patients consult their GP for what is primarily a social concern.
Social prescribing provides GPs with an alternative referral service when working with people who require health and wellbeing support, but whose needs are non-medical. Here in York the pilot scheme is known as Ways to Wellbeing.
A GP is limited in the support they can offer a person who is, for example, lonely. Now a GP could refer this person to Ways to Wellbeing, which is designed to connect people with activities and services in their community.
Ways to Wellbeing CoordinatorYou can contact Jasmine using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Number of referrals so far
Number of voluntary organisations referred to
More information and statistics about the project and its benefits are available in the downloadable Ways to Wellbeing leaflet.
- Davidson & Rossall (2014) Age UK Loneliness Evidence Review (Internet). Available from ageuk.org.uk (accessed 09/01/2017).
- Dayson & Bashir (2014) The social and economic impact of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot: Summary Evaluation Report. Sheffield Hallam University.
- Personal Social Services Research Unit 2016) Unit Cost of Health and Social Care 2016 (Internet). Available from: http://www.pssru.ac.uk/project-pages/unit-costs/2016/index.php (accessed 06/01/2017).
- Mental Health Foundation (2017) Stress (Internet). Available from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress (accessed 06/01/2017).
- Mann et al (2003) Self-esteem in a broad-spectrum approach for mental health promotion. Oxford Journals Health Education Research, 19 (4), 357-372.
Focusing on benefits, debt or housing support
Emotional and mental wellbeingHelping with isolation and providing support
Fitness and exerciseAdvice on living a healthy lifestyle
Social and leisure activitiesImproving confidence and meeting new people
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by NEF from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The project, reporting in 2008, drew on state-of-the-art research about mental capital and mental wellbeing through life. It asked NEF to develop the five ways to wellbeing to communicate its key findings.
The poster to the right describes how the five actions have helped create pathways to health and wellbeing for residents in York.
You can learn more about the New Economic Foundation and their evidence on Ways to Wellbeing by clicking on the poster to the right.
Check out our new film on Ways to Wellbeing by clicking on the image below.