Social prescribing is a means for GPs and other healthcare professionals to refer patients to non-clinical services in the local community. Such services can include arts or nature-based activities, physical activity classes and counselling. Evaluations of existing social prescribing schemes have reported positive impacts on people’s mental health and wellbeing and a reduction in demand on health services.
The Library will produce a briefing paper for the Commons Second Reading debate and this page will be updated when it is made available.
The Library’s Second Reading paper may be updated as the Bill goes through Parliament; additional papers may also be added to this page to reflect the Bill’s progress.
- The Queen’s Speech
- Queen’s Speech Background Paper
- Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill and the Government’s response.
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In addition to writing and updating published papers as bills go through Parliament, the House of Commons Library can assist Members of Parliament and their staff with individual enquiries about bills, particularly on the policy background.
The Public Bill Office (PBO) supports public bill committees. The staff working in the PBO can advise Members of Parliament on tabling amendments to bills and on the drafting of Private Members’ Bills.
This Library Briefing sets out policies on NHS hospital parking charges in the UK.
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of testing for Covid-19 in England. It covers the different types of test that are in use and in development, as well as testing capacity, the criteria for being tested, and the presentation of testing data.