Ebele Aniereobi and Sophie Haughton, two of the University of Birmingham’s social prescribing champions, discuss the importance of educating medical students about social prescribing.
Social prescribing was, initially, a novel idea to us. Three of us were enticed into becoming champions by a post in the medical school’s bulletin extolling the benefits and importance of social prescribing, but for one of us, the inspiration came from a Future of Medicine conference.
Sir Sam Everington spoke about The Bromley by Bow Centre, a pioneering charity that combines an extensive neighbourhood hub with a medical practice and community research project. The fact that this model of integrating services based on individual needs has existed and thrived for 35 years tells us that social prescribing isn’t just wishful thinking, but a feasible way of transforming community health.