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Research briefing on social prescribing and arts and health

Vougioukalou, Sofia ORCID: 2022. Research briefing on social prescribing and arts and health. [Discussion Paper]. Cardiff: Cardiff University. Available at:

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Within the updated Programme for Government is a pledge to: “Introduce an all-Wales framework to roll out social prescribing to tackle isolation”. Social prescribing is a key component of universal personalised care where patients are in control of their care package – and, as a recent Senedd Research Service briefing noted, social prescribing aligns with the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014, both of which are founded upon models that recognise the impact of social aspects on health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the ‘A Healthier Wales: plan for health and social care’ sets out a long term future vision of a ‘whole system approach to health and social care’, which is focussed on health and wellbeing, and on preventing illness. Yet despite this acceptance of social prescribing’s important role for wellbeing, an evaluation of social prescribing interventions concluded that “social prescribing is being widely advocated and implemented but current evidence fails to provide sufficient detail to judge either success or value for money”. This missing detail consists of unwritten lived experiences and knowledge that creative professionals and participants have. Furthermore, although social prescribing has been cited for its efficacy in reducing psychosocial problems stemming from social isolation in an estimated 20% of GP referrals, there is a lack of systematised evidence for its impact. There are also concerns that uptake is too often from people who are already engaging well with services and are culturally active. To help redress this balance, an innovation and research partnership between Arts Council of Wales, Nesta and Cardiff University called Health, Arts, Research & People (HARP) is testing new ideas and approaches in arts and health. The research team, based within Cardiff University’s public services innovation lab for Wales (Y Lab), recently carried out a series of in-depth interviews on the process of embedding the arts within health and social care systems. As part of this research, participants were asked about their views on social prescribing and how their projects engaged with link workers

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cardiff University
Funders: Arts Council Wales
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 February 2023
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 11:46

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