Lead by the NHS, the aim of the Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme is to enable medical students – the generation of today, and the future doctors of tomorrow – to get involved in learning about, teaching and promoting social prescribing within their region.

Social prescribing offers a pathway that empowers patients to become actively involved in finding solutions to their social, emotional or practical needs. GPs and other frontline healthcare workers can refer patients to a link worker, who can provide face-to-face conversation and direct to community services that can improve health and wellbeing.

The Scheme often offers advice, webinars and campaigns to students, medical professionals and volunteers the opportunity to learn more about about connecting their community to non-clinical support for improved wellbeing. To stay up to date with latest news and events, follow the campaign’s social media channels.

You can watch the Social Prescribing Network Awards 2021 hosted by The Social Prescribing Network and College of Medicine here.

The International Social Prescribing Day 2021 is on 18th March which celebrates and highlights the importance of social prescribing within healthcare. It is a collaboration between community groups, students, patients, GPs, voluntary organisations, medical schools and academics across the UK and beyond. The campaign will share stories and thoughts of how it has helped people throughout the pandemic and feature events and announcements which you can explore via:

Twitter @SP_champScheme
Instagram @nhssocialprescribing
Facebook @socialprescribingchampionscheme