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Authors: Dr Marie Polley Dr Rebecca Richards

The Social Prescribing Unit @ University of Westminster is focused on innovation in the field of social prescribing and growing new ideas. The team has considerable expertise in contract research, consultancy, evaluation and mixed methods research. We are also experts in supporting the implementation of social prescribing within organisations in the VCSE sector, the public sector and the private sector. We have provided advice to policy makers and have led major initiatives in social prescribing nationally and internationally. We founded and Co-Chair the Social Prescribing Network, have produced guidance documents, collaborated to develop the Medical Student Social Prescribing Network and the Social Prescribing Youth Network. We have worked alongside NHS England to shape social prescribing and fully believe that change happens by collaboration not competition.

Acknowledgements: This work was funded by the Greater London Assembly and we are grateful Dr Jayne Whiteside and to the social prescribing evaluation sub-group for their discussions.

Disclaimer The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Greater London Authority

How to cite this report Polley M and Richards R (2019) A Guide to Selecting Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in Social Prescribing, London, University of Westminster.

Main Contact: Dr Marie Polley, Director, Social Prescribing Unit School of Life Sciences University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street London, W1W 6UW

T:+44(0)20 7911 5000 extn 64627 E: M.Polley@westminster.ac.uk

Measurement and social prescribing

Over the past few years, the field of social prescribing has grown rapidly and along with it, the need to capture and quantify the impact of social prescribing on individuals.

There are challenges to integrating measurement into practice, especially for social prescribing. This is now a broad term which incorporates a range of conditions and situations that extend well beyond healthcare and into the wider determinants of health. Whilst we now have an agreed architecture in England, of social prescribing connector schemes using link workers, the populations being monitored are different between social prescribing schemes. Furthermore, the connector schemes are designed to address different situations, therefore expect different outcomes and there are differing levels of requirement for data from funders, commissioners and policy makers.

Understandably the most frequent question asked is ‘what do I measure’?

This guide is intended to support decision making when selecting appropriate outcome measures for research, evaluation and monitoring of social prescribing. This accompanies an excel spreadsheet of information on PROMS in social prescribing. Note that we are not recommending any specific measure to use and we have taken the most frequently used measures currently and provided key information on them. We expect this to be revised to include more measures in the future.

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