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Evidence Funding models

March 2022

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) commissioned its Academic Partners to review and summarise the evidence on funding models for social prescribing, and any insights into their financial sustainability.


  • The current evidence shows a range of different funding models for social prescribing, which include a diversity of funding sources such as private, public and charitable.
  • Regardless of the funding model used, the evidence suggests that the most effective models and approaches are those where a range of local partners work together, and that it is important to recognise the challenges in doing this


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