What is next for social prescribing in Scotland?

Social prescribing: when health professionals refer patients to support in the community.

The RSE’s Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission published A desk review of social prescribing: from origins to opportunities in partnership with Support in Mind Scotland (SiMS) in April 2021.

This report made four recommendations to policymakers and practitioners to help make social prescribing part of a citizen-led, sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic for Scotland’s public services. This session, as part of the RSE’s summer events programme Curious, was an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing citizen-led public service in Scotland.

Read or download the full report here.


  • Theresa Shearer, Group CEO, Enable Group
  • Benedict Lejac, Policy Officer, Support in Mind Scotland
  • Clare Cook, Regional Manager, SPRING Social Prescribing
  • Cameron MacFarlane, ALISS Programme Community Engagement Manager, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
  • Dr Hugh Asher, co-founder of Darach Social Croft

About Curious

This event was part of the RSE’s summer events programme Curious. The RSE invites you to Curious, its summer events programme running from 09-27 August 2021. All eyes on Scotland’s leading thinkers in this thought-provoking series of free online talks and intimate conversations designed to question and inspire the world around us to reach new insights.