The National Academy for Social Prescribing, working as part of the Global Social Prescribing Alliance, has launched its ‘Good Health and Wellbeing – Social Prescribing’ Playbook at an international event today, demonstrating how to implement social prescribing as a revolutionary approach to improving health and wellbeing on a global scale.  

The Playbook showcases best practices in social prescribingand highlights shared learning that can support health systems around the world to navigate good health and wellbeing during and after the pandemic.  

It builds on the momentum and vision set out by the global leaders through their Sustainable Development Goals to ‘leave no one behind’, launched at the UN General Assembly in 2015. It also supports the Academy’s own goals to promote, advance and encourage social prescribing both in England and across the world, by providing examples, models and best practice.  

The Playbook has been launched today at the Global Solutions Summit 2021, 27-28 May 2021, where world healthcare leaders will gather to share valuable insights across multiple domains in World Health and address key policy challenges faced by the G20 and other global governance congregations. 

This Playbook is the first product from the Global Social Prescribing Alliance. The Alliance was established to progress social prescribing through publicising, collaboration and innovation, at an event with Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in spring 2021. Together, the Alliance seeks to consider a new healthcare model that creates value based on prevention and early intervention, which will enable people and communities to thrive, support the existing health services, and create new and meaningful jobs, all while supporting the implementation of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

Public Health Minister, Jo Churchill MP said:

 “I’m extremely proud to see the UK leading the way in embedding social prescribing in our NHS and our communities across the country. GPs and primary care teams have been instrumental in putting more and more patients in touch with a social prescribing link worker, and they have continued to do so throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re on track to have over 1,500 link workers, who are at the heart of our ambition to get over 900,000 people referred to social prescribing schemes by 2023-24. The importance of staying active physically, mentally and socially has never been more evident. Staying connected with your community is so important for your health and wellbeing and I thank the National Academy for Social Prescribing for their continuous support and enthusiasm in driving forward this success in the UK and globally.”

James Sanderson, Chief Executive of the National Academy for Social Prescribing commented:

“Social prescribing is now an integral part of the health system in England. It recognises that what makes and keeps us well goes beyond moretraditional concepts of medicine.

“The benefits of connecting people to activities within their own communities, and how this can support their mental and physical health and wellbeing has been demonstrated across England over the last year, and is gathering momentum as a global movement. We welcome the opportunity to share our experience across the world through this first global playbook.  

The playbook is available online. 


The Playbook was launched on 27 May at a panel session, ‘Implementing Good Health and Wellbeing’Panellists include James Sanderson, CEO, National Academy of Social PrescribingRoland Schatz, CEO, UNGSII, Päivi Sillanaukee, Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland; moderated by Gareth PreschFounder and CEO of sustainable development platform World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) and founder of the Global Social Prescribing Alliance (GSPA).  

The session will discuss sustainable initiatives to revolutionise our healthcare system to support health and wellbeing, pertaining to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3. 

It is part of the Global Solutions Summit 2021, which supports the T20 and G20 under the Italian G20 Presidency. It brings together top researchers, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives in a renowned global problem-solving process. The Summit builds bridges between past G20 Presidencies and Indonesia and India in the coming two years. It will focus heavily on a Great Realignment in the post-COVID world, in the spirit of recoupling economic progress with social prosperity and environmental sustainability. The Global Solutions Summit will take place virtually on 27 and 28 May 2021.