This programme has been about trying something different, piloting new ideas and generating early and indicative evidence about their impact. Pilots tested what difference it would make (and what it would look like in practice) for people to have an allocated social worker who could build a meaningful relationship with them, coordinate support in a holistic and person-centred way and be an advocate within the system.
The proposed bill differs significantly from the Law Commissions proposals in the responsibilities it creates for care home managers, making them entirely responsible for co-ordinating the application process and giving them responsibility to make key decisions in relation to representation and advocacy for those who lack capacity to request it themselves.
The practice, known as ‘social prescribing’, aims to improve patients’ quality of life, health and wellbeing by recognising that health is affected by a range of social, economic and environmental factors.
The funding will allow GPs to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing and reduce demand on NHS services.