NASP Research & Intelligence


The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) is dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration, and innovation. They create collaborative partnerships across the arts, health, sports, and leisure, among other areas, to promote health and wellbeing.

Founded in 2019 by the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, the NASP seeks to find resources and build relationships across all sectors, sharing social prescribing with all people. They act as a catalyst to bring people together across NHS while enhancing NHS England’s Long Term Plan. The goal of this plan is to recruit 1,000 social prescribing link workers to help 2.5 million more people receive universal personalized healthcare.


The NASP board has created 5 aims, and have begun discussing how to achieve those aims:
1. Make some noise – raise the profile of social prescribing
2. Find resources – develop innovative funding partnerships
3. Build relationship – broker and build relationships across all sectors
4. Improve the evidence – shape and share the evidence base
5. Spread what works – promote learning on social prescribing.

NASP solicited NALW to provide insights from members to inform their strategic plan to bring these aims to fruition. 


NASP engaged NALW to collect member views to inform NASP’s strategy. NALW’s experience, speed, and breadth of membership made us a first-choice collaborator.
We created a survey and solicited views from members.  


111 interviews with members were collated. Key findings were summarised in a timely report. By soliciting these responses, NASP’s strategic plan was co-produced with the grassroots and the intelligence taken into account in the plan.  Being evidence-informed reduced risks.

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