Good health and wellbeing is about much more than providing clinical treatment for medical conditions.

We also believe that people should be able to take advantage of a range of community services close to where they live to help them live well and stay well.

Giving people formal access to things like leisure activities, social groups, exercise and healthy lifestyle advice and support as part of managing their physical and mental health is known as social prescribing.

For example, someone might receive a prescription to participate in a local exercise group as a non-medical and alternative part of their wider treatment for a particular condition.

In Northamptonshire there are already lots of these kinds of services being offered by voluntary and community groups – and we are planning to build on this fantastic work by making sure these services are available to more people right across the county.

Our plans for a county-wide social prescribing service are now gathering pace, and working together as a Partnership we will soon be starting to design what this service will look like and how it will work.

We will be involving relevant local groups and stakeholders in this process, so please keep a lookout for announcements about development workshops in future editions of our Partnership Update newsletter and here on our website.

If you would like to get involved in helping to shape NHCP’s work, visit our ‘Get involved’ page and complete the online form to register your interest.