Social prescribing: Nordoff Robbins policy position

At Nordoff Robbins we believe social prescribing could offer an accessible way to reach and support more people through music therapy, as part of a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

Social prescribing: Nordoff Robbins policy position

At Nordoff Robbins, we believe social prescribing could offer an accessible way to reach and support more people through music therapy, as part of a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

Social prescribing is being championed as a core component of the Comprehensive Model for Personalised Care by NHS England, which will enable many more people to access a wide range of interventions to improve and support their health and wellbeing.

As the UK’s largest music therapy charity, we have been involved in what could be termed social prescribing for many years, through teachers, social workers, and GPs referring people to us, or asking us to support individuals and groups within school, hospital, and care home settings, through specialist use of music to facilitate and improve physical and emotional wellbeing. We are working with key decision-makers in health and care to provide insight and expertise from a service provider perspective as this work grows and develops.

We are setting up two new social prescribing music therapy pilots in England from autumn 2019 to explore the potential benefits of adopting this approach, which we believe will help us reach even more vulnerable and isolated people who could benefit from our music therapy.

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