Preparations for Northamptonshire’s new county-wide social prescribing service have stepped up this month – with four local organisations identified to plan and deliver the programme at local level.

In the last edition of Partnership Update, we brought you the news that up to £14m of potential investment had been secured to fund a social prescribing programme serving the whole county.

In the meantime, a formal procurement process has been under way to appoint local delivery partners with responsibility for planning, organising, providing and rolling out the service throughout Northamptonshire.

These delivery partners have now been identified and are set to manage the delivery of social prescribing in the following localities, covering the entire county between them:

  • Age UK Northamptonshire – Daventry and South Northamptonshire; Kettering and Corby
  • General Practice Alliance – Northampton
  • Northamptonshire Carers – Wellingborough
  • Mayday Trust – East Northamptonshire

Working on behalf of the Northamptonshire health and care system and regularly reporting back to NHCP, each of the organisations will be responsible for ensuring local people in their respective areas have access to social prescribing.

They will focus on supporting four particular groups who can benefit most from the service: people with mental health problems, carers, people with more than one long-term health conditions, and those who are socially isolated. Their work will include recruiting more social prescribing link workers, starting in the spring, to enable people to access the service, and then later supporting smaller voluntary and community organisations in their areas to provide socially prescribed services.

This work responds to the ‘Personalised Care’ category of our community’s Big Ideas for the future of local health and care