Social prescribing in cardiology : rediscovering the nature of and within us

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Personalised care is integral to the delivery of the NHSE Long Term Plan. Enabling choice and supporting patients to make decisions predicated on what matters to them, rather than what is the matter with them, is a fundamental part of the NHS vision. Social prescribing uses nonmedical, asset based, salutogenic approaches to promote this personalised paradigm, and places the patient central to decision making. We discuss how Personalised care can be used to help people with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) using socially prescribed ‘nature-based’ interventions to support the prehabilitation and rehabilitation of patients with CVD. The concept of Personalised care outlined and the significance of salutogenic principles as complementary approach to the pathogenic model is discussed. We argue that this seemingly novel approach to using nature-based interventions can help promote wellbeing for people with CVD as part of the wider personalised agenda.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2019


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