Establishing an All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network

Della Powell, Sara Thomas, Judith Stone, R Dyer, Carolyn Wallace

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Aim of project:
To develop a community of interest looking at promoting research in Social Prescribing in Wales.

Method(s) used:
Individuals and organisations from across Wales will be invited to develop a proposal to create a sustainable research network to build the critical evidence for SP in Wales.

Members will be drawn from the third sector, higher education (academics), statutory social care and health organisations (e.g. practitioners, commissioners), members of the public, independent sector and industry members.

The network will be developed via a series of events beginning with a one-day consensus event in Cardiff comprising of a Nominal Group Technique (am), World Café Style workshops (pm) and questionnaire for a total of 80 (part invited / part open) in the first instance to develop the research priorities and action plan.

To be followed by 3 regional half day events in Bangor, Rhyl and Swansea for 25 people each to action the research priorities, build research relationships and grant submissions, further develop the network and populate its research webpage.

The benefits of this proposal include the development of an inclusive research programme with individuals, public and third sectors working with the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure.

Key Findings/Learning:
This schedule of events will produce a number of key outcomes that will support the development of a research programme into Social Prescribing in Wales

This will include;

A glossary of research terms
A format for high quality research applications
Promote research capacity through enhanced research reputation and profile
Developing a supportive environment, encouraging researcher confidence

The research network will have an impact on the existing and developing SP services through enhanced communication, building evidence on individual and community outcomes, social capital and value for money.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event1st International Social prescribing Research Conference - Salford
Duration: 14 Jun 2018 → …
Conference number: 1


Conference1st International Social prescribing Research Conference
Period14/06/18 → …
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  • social prescribing;
  • network
  • Consensus methods
  • participatory research


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