Health and care professionals and members of the public had the chance to have their say about social prescribing in Northamptonshire at a series of local engagement events.

NHCP hosted three events in Church Brampton, Daventry and Corby on 18, 19 and 20 June to give people the opportunity to help develop what a county-wide social prescribing service might look like.

Social prescribing is a way of helping people to manage their own mental and physical health and wellbeing by referring them to local community-run services like leisure activities, social groups and healthy lifestyle advice. NHCP is seeking to build on the good work that’s already being done locally in this area to ensure social prescribing can be available for everyone who needs it, across the county.

The engagement events brought together people from a range of backgrounds, including those who might benefit from using a social prescribing service, health and care professionals who might refer them, and voluntary groups that might provide the services.

Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Northamptonshire County Council, said: “We were delighted to welcome more than 150 people to the three events, and it was fantastic to hear so many different ideas and perspectives on how a county-wide social prescribing service could work in Northamptonshire.

“We’d like to thank everyone who attended – as well as those who registered an interest but were unable to be offered a place due to very high levels of demand.

“We will now take a look at the feedback received and produce a report which will be available to view on the NHCP website very soon. This in turn will help to inform our business case for a social prescribing service in Northamptonshire, which is expected to go before our partner organisations for approval over the summer.”

To get involved in future engagement opportunities for social prescribing, click here.

Feedback from the engagement events

  • Improved understanding of social prescribing

  • Informative update… an opportunity to meet with a range of partners

  • Encouraged an open discussion

  • Well organised and ran smoothly

  • Avoided jargon

  • Glad that carers were mentioned

  • Meeting different people who could work together to create a good service