Social prescribing

Purposes for processing

Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services which might be run by the council or a local charity. For example, signposting people who have been diagnosed with dementia to local dementia support groups.

The NHSE Social Prescribing team is currently supporting NHS, Health Providers and the Voluntary  Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) with social prescribing development. The contact lists are used to contact social prescribing contacts who have requested to be part of the social prescribing regional networks so that network members can keep up-to-date with social prescribing development and to also share information and good practice. Details held within the contact lists are provided by the attendees of the Social Prescribing team events and as such, the information is supplied to the Social Prescribing team voluntarily.

Categories of personal data

The contact lists contain the following information categories:

  • Full Name
  • Job Title
  • Location
  • Workplace
  • Telephone number – mobile
  • Email address

Sources of the data

The data is provided by Social Prescribing members/stakeholders.

Categories of recipients

The information is used by the Social Prescribing team to contact the relevant Social Prescribing contacts.

Legal Basis for processing

For GDPR purposes NHS England’s lawful basis for processing is Article 6(1)(e) – ‘…exercise of official authority…’.