NHS England Social Prescribing Update
Previous editions of this update are on the FutureNHS Social Prescribing Collaboration Platform in the Latest News section. If you have questions about any of the information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
20 March 2023 (edition 57)
Terms we use in this update
NHSE means NHS England
1. Key Changes to the GP Contract in 2023/24
A letter was sent to GP practices and PCNs on 6th March 2023 to outline the key changes to the GP contract in 2023/24. The letter set out the requirements of General Practice and PCNs with the goal of improving patient experience and satisfaction, recognising that this will require both time and support to assess, review and implement changes. Two significant changes include changes to the Impact and Investment Fund (IIF) and further confirmation that permanent contracts can be issued beyond 2023/24. Details of further support for practices and PCNs will be outlined in the recovery plan once published.
Changes to Impact and Investment Fund
The number of indicators in the IIF will be reduced from 36 to 5, including the removal of the social prescribing indicator. The five remaining indicators will focus on a small number of key national priorities: two indicators related to flu vaccinations, learning disability health checks, early cancer diagnosis and a 2-week access indicator.
The remainder of the IIF will now be worth £246 million and will be entirely focused on improving patient experience of contacting their practice and receiving a response with an assessment and/or be seen within the appropriate period (for example same day or within 2 weeks where appropriate, depending on urgency).
Increased flexibility of Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)
Recruitment through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) has been strong, and as of 31 December 2022 stands at 25,262 additional FTE. PCNs are on track to meet the 26k target for March 2024 over a year early. Staff are providing significant numbers of additional appointments, improving patient access to general practice, and providing personalised, proactive care for the populations that they serve.
During 2023/24 NHS England will review the ARRS to ensure that it is tailored to deliver future ambitions for general practice. Staff employed through the scheme will be considered part of the core general practice cost base beyond 2023/24 as previously confirmed, and PCNs can offer permanent contracts where appropriate. We encourage PCNs to continue to recruit, making full use of their ARRS entitlement.
2. Delivery plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services
The NHS and the government have published a new blueprint to help recover urgent and emergency care services, reduce waiting times and improve patient experience. The plan aims to ensure patients have access to the right care, in the right place, in a timely way, with shorter waits in A&E and ambulances reaching people faster. Urgent care provided in the community will be expanded to ensure people can get the care they need at home, without the need for a hospital admission. This includes expanding same day emergency centres and scaling up virtual wards to offer treatment for people in their own homes.
The plan highlights that high frequency users of services can also be supported to tackle social and practical issues that affect their health and wellbeing through working with SPLWs, who can link them to a range of community assets depending on their needs and preferences. This may include help to stay active, make social connections, and manage their health conditions.
Social Prescribing Webinars
The monthly national Social Prescribing webinar series can be accessed via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to download Teams software to access webinars. You can find a user guide to Joining a Teams Live Event on the Platform. Remember: you can watch recordings and access slides from previous NHSE webinars in the webinar library.
1. Working with Allied Health Professionals to enable and support social prescribing
Wednesday 26 April 2023, 1pm – 2.30pm
This webinar will explore how Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) can enable and support social prescribing. It will cover the roles of different AHPs working in a variety of settings and highlight the many ways they can support SPLWs in practice.
Dates for your Diary
1. Exploring Social Prescribing Across the Life Course, From Childhood to Ageing Well
Tuesday 28 March 2023, 9.30am – 11am
This webinar from NASP will explore the role of social prescribing at various stages of life, presenting a selection of speakers focusing on the areas of early years/childhood, working age, older people, as well as an intergenerational example.
To register, select this link.
2. NHS ConfedExpo 2023
Wednesday 14 June 2023 – Thursday 15 June 2023
NHS ConfedExpo will be returning on 14 and 15 June 2023 at Manchester Central and registration is now open. The event, which NHSE delivers in partnership with NHS Confederation, will once again bring together health and care leaders and their teams from across the sector and is set to be one of the most significant events in the health and care calendar, with two days of inspiring sessions, over 150 hours of engaging sessions and the opportunity to network with more than 4,000 senior leaders, clinicians, managers and their teams.
The two organisations are already working together with stakeholders right across the health and care system to develop an exciting agenda across five key priority themes. NHS, local authority and wider public sector staff will be eligible for a free ticket. Book your pass here.
1. Evaluation Toolkits for the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector
As part of NASP’s International Evidence Collaborative work, there is a piece of work being undertaken to map the evaluation resources and toolkits that are already in use, particularly by smaller VCFSE organisations. This is currently one strand of work underway around the themes of evaluation and economics in social prescribing. The information received from the initial mapping exercise will be used to produce an interactive resource document, highlighting the suitable resources that are already available.
If you know of any evaluation toolkits or resources that are in use, whether they are specific to social prescribing or not, or you know of ones soon to be available, please to do fill in this short survey.
2. SPOTLIGHT: Improving Inclusion Health Outcomes
Spotlight is a data dissemination platform developed by Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) that collates and presents key statistics related to the health of Inclusion Health groups to increase the visibility of these populations. Inclusion health groups often have the poorest health outcomes in society and are at the extreme end of health inequalities. Data can often be lacking and this tool will help to address this by bringing data on health of inclusion health groups together in one place.
Spotlight currently includes approximately 60 indicators covering public-facing data from government departments and academia organised across a number of themes. To access the platform, select this link.
3. Share MoneyHelper’s cost of living campaign
As many face an unprecedented squeeze on their budgets, Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) has developed content, tools and guidance to give people the right information quickly, directing them to trusted information and partners. The MoneyHelper-branded Cost of Living campaign is making people aware of what is available and is directing people to the free and impartial money guidance available for people across the UK.
It includes posters which could be printed off and put up around GP surgeries and other relevant locations, and all the resources can be found here.
4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Training
MS-UK are holding free MS awareness training sessions for healthcare professionals and community-based professionals. MS has the potential to affect physical ability and mobility, as well as strength, balance and co-ordination, and can impact on aspects of daily living, employment, and physical and mental wellbeing. Healthcare and community-based professionals play a key role in supporting wellbeing outcomes for their communities and MS-UK want to share knowledge to increase understanding of MS and the support available to the MS community.
For more information and to book onto a session, please select this link.
Solving Together is a crowdsourcing platform and an initiative which is being locally led, jointly decided and centrally supported to capture, assess, test, scale and spread ideas into action. The Community Health Services (CHS) programme challenges will also be shared on this platform which will help in improving self-referral to community health services.
The six Community Health Services challenges are:
1. Community equipment
2. Community podiatry
3. Musculoskeletal services (MSK)
4. Weight management services (often described as Tier 2 services)
6. Learning from other community services
#SolvingTogether is an open process and all the assessments, outputs and ideas to be taken forward will be available for everyone to see.
The platform will be open for these challenges until Friday 31 March 2023.
6. Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) Support Line
The Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) Support Line provides emotional and practical support and information for anyone affected by the rare genetic condition, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). They offer support for people living with TSC, loved ones, and health, social care and education professionals supporting people with TSC. They provide information on a range of TSC-related topics including new diagnosis, referrals to TSC clinics and health or education. They also signpost to specialist and local support organisations where relevant, and offer an empathetic, listening ear.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Social Prescribing Support from NHSE
Social Prescribing Collaboration Platform – a network for news, resources and discussion. Email email@example.com to join.
Social Prescribing elearning for SPLWs - twelve modules that you can work through at your own pace and at no charge.
Welcome and induction pack - especially useful to SPLWs who are new to their role.
Hand out for practice staff to give to patients who are referred to their SPLW.
FutureNHS Social Prescribing Collaborative Platform - tutorial - Have you ever logged on and felt confused about how to navigate and post discussions on Forums? Watch this tutorial for a quick guide to key features, including where to seek help.
“What’s most exciting is the growth in the number of people who are interested in social prescribing, whether that’s GP’s or other referrers; the growth in the workforce, the link workers, other types of referrers who are involved, and then the providers…and there’s a huge enthusiasm around supporting social prescribing. We’re seeing increased provision and an increased range of services, programmes, activities, and there’s a real keenness to work together, collaboratively.”
Hear more from Professor Helen Chatterjee and Dr. Marie Polley about the growing evidence base for social prescribing, on NASP’s Podcast on Prescription.
Previous editions of this update are available on the Social Prescribing Collaboration Platform in the Latest News section. If you have questions about any of the information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.