Summary of report content
In 2019 Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) engaged the Diverse Communities Health Voice partnership, including Healthwatch Islington, to test awareness of CCG commissioned social prescribing and navigation services. They also wanted to understand what other social prescribing and navigation was taking place in the borough.
Diverse Communities Health Voice partners carried out interviews and focus groups with 154 participants. Each format used the same set of questions.
Overwhelmingly, social prescribing and navigation services were provided to the participants by relevant organisations within the Diverse Communities partnership, rather than by the organisations formally commissioned to provide these services in the borough. Nevertheless, the introduction of social prescribing within healthcare is a positive step in supporting local residents. It is important to consider how the model can become as inclusive as possible.
The report contains 4 recommendations about improving access to social prescribing.