Collaboration of social prescribing and social welfare advice services - new report

How can social prescribing and social welfare advice services work together to improve health outcomes?

The Bromley by Bow Centre has published a new report on the potential for collaboration between social prescribing and social welfare legal advice services in healthcare settings. The research, supported by the Mayor of London and The Legal Education Foundation, explores the relationship between the two and how they can maximise their collective impact.

Drawing on examples of best practice from across London and the UK, the report makes recommendations across a range of areas including:

  • Funding
  • Management
  • Referral pathways
  • Location
  • Working protocols and data sharing
  • Delivery methods
  • Relationships
  • Training
  • Scaling up

Why now?

Work to maximise collaboration between these services at this time is critical due to the increased need for social welfare legal advice services brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the potential for more and more need to be identified through the expanded provision of social prescribing services. The report positions social welfare legal advice as a critical part of an expanded definition of care and London’s recovery from Covid-19.

Read the report

You can download the report here: Social welfare advice and social prescribing in health settings report

The research findings presentation is available here: BbBC SP and SWLA launch.

To find out more about the other research in this area, download our literature review slides here: Health and social impacts of SWLA – research summary.

Get in touch

To find out more about our work in this area, email us on insights@bbbc.org.uk.