Social prescribing ‘plus’: a model of asset-based collaborative innovation?

DAYSON, Christopher (2017). Social prescribing ‘plus’: a model of asset-based collaborative innovation? People, Place and Policy, 11 (2), 90-104.

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Social prescribing is a current UK social policy phenomenon but to what extent does it represent a substantive change in the way policymakers think about services for people with multiple and complex needs? I draw on several local studies of social prescribing initiatives to argue that cautious optimism is merited: through the idea of social prescribing ‘plus’ key actors in a number of localities have embraced the principles of asset-based working and collaborative innovation to achieve real change in policy and practice. However, policy interest in social prescribing cannot be decoupled from the public sector austerity and transformation agenda, and the true testing ground will be how local policymakers develop services in future: will they draw on the asset-based collaborative principles of social prescribing ‘plus’; or will it lead to expectations that people and communities do more for themselves without the necessary investment in this alternate model of welfare.

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Depositing User: Christopher Dayson
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 12:28
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