Social prescribing plays preventative role

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 6th December 2019

Health and Sport Committee report highlights a need to invest in capacity and capability to fulfill prescribed activities.

Throughout 2019, the Committee has undertaken a short inquiry into the social prescribing of sport, exercise and physical activity, complementing their ongoing primary care inquiry.

The inquiry aimed to understand how social prescribing for sport and physical activity could improve the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland, and explore the key opportunities for the wider health and social care system.

The Committee’s report, published on 4 December 2019, (this link will take you away from our website) notes that they have no doubt about the significant role physical activity and sport, and social prescribing, can contribute as part of preventative care for health and wellbeing.

The report also highlights the potential of social prescribing to ease the pressure on existing health and social care services, as well as reducing waiting times, unplanned admissions to hospital and delayed discharges.

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