Social Prescribing

The Bromley by Bow Health and Community Centre has twenty years’ experience of developing and delivering social prescribing, and over five years’ experience delivering training on social prescribing.  The Bromley by Bow Centre’s Social Prescribing service was developed to respond to the high levels of health inequality and deprivation in the local community.

Social Prescribing approaches have been central to the BBBC model since the organisation built and opened the first Health Living Centre (delivering primary care) in 1997. In 2014, the BBBC attracted a small amount of CCG funding and is now part of the Tower Hamlets borough wide service, commissioned by Tower Hamlets CCG via the GP Care Group (GPCG CIC). The service received additional funding from Tudor Trust. We have also worked with Macmillan to pioneer a social prescribing approach that works across secondary care, primary care and community services to support people living with and beyond cancer (Link to Macmillan report). This approach is now being scaled up across the UK.

April 2018 – March 2019 in numbers:

  • 583 referrals
  • 300 appointments
  • 874 onwards and signposts
  • 100% of referrers in our Primary Care Network satisfied with the service

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Development and training

Over the past decade the Bromley by Bow Centre has worked extensively to support the development and growth of social prescribing nationally and internationally. We are founding members of the National Social Prescribing Network and are Social Prescribing Regional Facilitators for London for NHS England.

Our social prescribing schemes have grown and developed substantially over the last decade allowing us to develop significant experience and insight which we share with others. A key element of our training involves practitioner led knowledge sharing of both Social Prescribing as a service and as Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLW) role. The Bromley by Bow Social Prescribing scheme consists of a general practice based social prescribing scheme serving, since 2012, a primary care network (PCN) of six GP practices with 53,000 registered patients.

Learn more about our group and individual link worker training here!

Meet our trainer, Najnin Islam

Najnin Islam joined the Bromley by Bow Centre four years ago as a Nutritionist on our weight management service and continued on to manage our Social Prescribing Service. Najnin made a conscious decision as service manager to also work as a link worker. We are delighted that Najnin is leading on the link worker training programme, bringing her expertise and practical knowledge in all training offers that she has carefully designed and collaborated with our in house Social Prescribing service.