Adapting social prescribing to meet the needs of migrant populations: challenges and solutions to service access and effectiveness

Kellezi, B. ORCID: 0000-0003-4825-3624, Wakefield, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9155-9683, Bowe, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0491-1472, Bridger, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-4215-4927 and Teague, K. ORCID: 0000-0001-9822-5301, 2021. Adapting social prescribing to meet the needs of migrant populations: challenges and solutions to service access and effectiveness. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 7 (2), pp. 1-21. ISSN 2421-2113

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Experiences of international migrants in host countries are very diverse. However, many migrants face cumulative challenges to their health and wellbeing which can be best supported by health initiatives aiming to a) address needs derived from socio-political context where they live and b) increase meaningful connection with community. This paper discussed the value and challenges of using one such health initiative to support the needs of vulnerable migration populations: ‘Social Prescribing’. Data was collected from two roundtables with forty participants from organisations working with migrants in the UK and those with lived experience of migration and analysed using thematic analysis. Several challenges to accessing health support were identified including issues around acceptability, appropriateness, and quality of care. Participants emphasised the importance of holistic and culturally appropriate approaches which address health needs while recognising legal, economic and other challenges migrants face. To successfully implement initiatives such as Social Prescribing, there needs to be flexibility, shared understanding between service users and providers, community buy-in, attention to safeguarding and direct involvement of migrants in their development and implementation.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Community Psychology in Global Perspective
Creators: Kellezi, B., Wakefield, J., Bowe, M., Bridger, K. and Teague, K.
Publisher: Universita del Salento
Date: 2021
Volume: 7
Number: 2
ISSN: 2421-2113
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 3.0 Italia License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 27 Apr 2021 14:36
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 09:55

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