Social prescribing and a ‘single point of contact’ for the voluntary sector
We know that smaller charities are great at providing value for money. When they provide public services, they can also offer a greater choice for commissioners, effective outcomes and person centred services. We also know that to unlock the full potential of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, it’s vital for the health and care system to engage with smaller charities.
FaithAction is excited to be working with the national infrastructure support charity NAVCA on a project that aims to test how a ‘Single Point of Contact’ (SPOC) model can facilitate this engagement. This would mean that health and care commissioners have a single contract with one VCSE organisation, which then performance manages many local VCSE organisations.
As well as promoting efficiency, the idea is that this will lead to an increased focus on preventative and holistic services, help to keep resources and employment within a community, increase volunteering, and give people a greater say in the design of their services – and that people’s health outcomes will improve. A particular area that the SPOC model is expected to help with is the issue of supporting people as they leave hospital and come back into the community.
We’re sure that some of our members will have thoughts on this – perhaps you’re already working in this kind of system, or you’re interested in being part of one or even taking on the SPOC role youself. If so, we would like to hear from you – please email [email protected]
The SPOC concept ties in closely with social prescribing. If this is an area of interest to you, you might like to know about some recent reports on the subject – see below. And if you are wondering what social prescribing is all about, the King’s Fund has a helpful introduction.
- The impact of a social prescribing service on patients in primary care: a mixed methods evaluation
An investigation into whether a social prescribing service could be implemented in a general practice setting, evaluating its effect on wellbeing and primary care resource use. From the University of East London.
- Arts, health and wellbeing: a public health approach whose time has come
The most recent edition of Perspectives in Public Health aims to shine a light on the world of arts and health research and developments.
- Social prescribing: community-based referral in public health
Presents an overview of social prescribing in arts and health from Prof. Helen Chatterjee, Marie Polley and Gavin Clayton.
- Effects of a museum-based social prescription intervention on quantitative measures of psychological wellbeing in older adults
This paper assesses psychological wellbeing in a novel social prescription intervention for older adults called Museums on Prescription. It explores the extent of change over time in six self-rated emotions. Published by Prof. Chatterjee et al. at University College London.
- Policy commentary – Social prescribing ‘plus’: a model of asset-based collaborative innovation?
Evaluating social innovations and their contribution to social value: the benefits of a ‘blended value’ approach
Two articles reviewing the concepts of social innovation, social prescribing ‘plus’ and how this relates to policy, from Chris Dayson at CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.
If you are making business cases for social prescribing, a resource is available which critically examines the evidence for the economic impact of social prescribing.
For further information or to sign up to the Social Prescribing Network, email [email protected]