Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) has issued a positive response to our report on awareness of social prescribing in Buckinghamshire.

In her letter to Healthwatch Bucks, Dr Rachael De Caux, Acting Chief Executive, BOB ICB, said:

We are very grateful for the findings and recommendations from this piece of work. Your findings confirm to us that there is a lot of work to be done to raise the awareness of social prescribing to our population… Your results present a clear need to ensure that our residents know how to access the support available to them.

Report and response

In our report, we highlighted that although people didn’t know much about social prescribing, they felt very positive about it. We recommended that BOB ICB work with Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and general practices to ensure information about social prescribing was more easily available.

We suggested steps including:

  • Displaying more posters in general practice waiting areas
  • Sharing information about social prescribing with Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)
  • Encouraging the sharing and displaying of posters about social prescribing in community hubs
  • Holding briefings for local councillors and other key stakeholders to increase their knowledge of social prescribing
  • Targeting advertising to help reach specific groups, such as men or people aged over 56.

BOB ICB has stated its intent to follow these recommendations and asked Healthwatch Bucks to review the effect of the changes it makes next year.

Demonstrating impact

Peter Miller, Chair of Healthwatch Bucks, said:

We’re very pleased with BOB ICB’s positive response to our report on awareness of social prescribing – and with its commitment to implementing the recommendations we made. By working together, we can help to improve health and social care for the people of Buckinghamshire.

This response also shines a light on the vital difference local people can make to the way the services they use are commissioned, managed and delivered. By sharing their experiences and feedback with us, the Bucks residents who contributed to our research will help to build awareness of social prescribing for the wider community.

Downloads

Our report – Awareness of social prescribing in Bucks 

Response from BOB ICB to Awareness of social prescribing in Bucks

Published on 11 Oct, 2022 (updated 3 Jun, 2024)

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