Evaluation of the Rotherham Mental Health Social Prescribing Pilot

Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research | Published online: 3 November 2016

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The Rotherham Social Prescribing Mental Health Pilot was developed to help people with mental health conditions overcome the barriers which prevent discharge from secondary mental health care services. The 12-month pilot – which has now been extended to March 2017 – helps service users build and direct their own packages of support by encouraging them to access personalised services provided by local voluntary and community groups. The pilot was delivered in partnership by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and a group of local voluntary sector organisations led by Voluntary Action Rotherham on behalf of NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The evaluation of the pilot, carried out by Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), found that it had helped increase the number of discharges from mental health services and improved social and emotional wellbeing of the service users. 156 service users were referred to the pilot, with 136 (87 per cent) taking up one of the voluntary and community services available, such as sports groups, craft classes, cookery courses, swimming, learning programmes, employment skills, yoga, and therapeutic art groups. The research, which was measured against eight different wellbeing outcomes, showed that:

  • 93 per cent of service users made progress against at least one outcome
  • 64 per cent made progress against four or more of the outcomes
  • 39 service users were discharged from mental health services (out of 72 discharge review meetings)

Read the full overview here

Read the full report here

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