The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has launched an inquiry into social prescribing.
‘Social prescribing’ is when GPs and other healthcare professionals prescribe sport, exercise and other recreational activities as a way to improve patients' health and wellbeing.
MSPs on the Committee want to hear from people across Scotland on the following issues:
- Is social prescribing a suitable and appropriate alternative to traditional medicine orientated prescribing?
- Can social prescribing for sport and physical activity lead to sustained participation in sporting activities?
- Who should decide whether social prescribing is the best, most appropriate prescription for a patient?
- What are the barriers to social prescribing? How can these be overcome?
- How can we monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of social prescribing?
Anyone with an opinion, insight or lived experience of social prescribing, is encouraged to contact the Committee directly to let us know their views.
The closing date for the Inquiry is 30th August.