Social Prescribing Platforms Market Review

The tech team worked on a project to review the social prescribing tools currently on the market.

As part of the drive towards Universal Personalised Care (with 2.5 million people planned to receive personalised care by 2023/2024), the NHS Long Term Plan promotes the creation of a solid social prescribing infrastructure within primary care:

  • 1,000 new social prescribing link workers will to be in post by 20/21 (bigger increases in link worker numbers are planned for subsequent years).
  • These link workers will be part of multidisciplinary teams within primary care networks, with 100% of their salary costs being reimbursed under the new reformed GP contract (funding became available in 1July 2019).
  • These commitments will help achieve the goal of at least 900,000 people being referred to social prescribing by 2023/2024

For these reasons, the HIN has undertaken a rapid review of the technology platforms underpinning the provision of social prescribing services currently on the market.

This review sets out the supporting evidence of effectiveness, functionality, interoperability, cost and wider benefits of the main solutions currently available on the market in the UK.

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