Scottish Parliament Inquiry into Social Prescribing

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 17th July 2019
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The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has launched an inquiry into "social prescribing".

‘Social prescribing’ is often used to describe the process of GPs, link workers and other healthcare professionals prescribing recreational activities (including sport and exercise) as a way to improve health and wellbeing.

MSPs on the Committee want to hear from people across Scotland on the following issues:

  • Is social prescribing a suitable and appropriate alternative to traditional medicine orientated prescribing?
  • Can social prescribing for sport and physical activity lead to sustained participation in sporting activities?
  • Who should decide whether social prescribing is the best, most appropriate prescription for a patient?
  • What are the barriers to social prescribing? How can these be overcome?
  • How can we monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of social prescribing?

Anyone with an opinion, insight or lived experience of social prescribing, is encouraged to contact the Committee directly to let them know their views.

More information about the inquiry can be found on the Scottish Parliament’s website (this link will take you away from our website). To discuss this further you can contact the Committee directly by email at: or Tel: 0131 348 5224.

The closing date for the Inquiry is 30 August 2019.

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