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Social prescribing for people with ongoing health problems in Cwm Taf Morgannwg

Increasing understanding and accessibility of social prescribing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people on hospital waiting lists meaning it is important to consider alternative sources of support to help people manage their own health.  There is growing interest in how ‘social prescribing’ can provide non-medical support for health problems.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board have set up an innovative multi-component Wellness Improvement Service to offer coaching and social prescribing for people referred from primary care, to try to optimize health, prevent deterioration while waiting or even removing the need for hospital review.

This project, led by our School of Medicine, aims to collaborate with people who are currently on waiting lists to explore their views and preferences for social prescribing services. The project also engages with participants to capture their experiences of the impact of WISE through a series of workshops and arts activities.

Co-produced resources will be developed, including short videos, infographics, art works, and a dissemination model, to be used by local GP surgeries, third sector organisations and the WISE team to help increase understanding and accessibility of social prescribing locally and inform future service development.

Project lead

Dr Freya Davies

Dr Freya Davies

Clinical Research Fellow

+44 (0)29 2068 7226

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