This is an exciting opportunity to join a national research programme into Social Prescribing for Young People. Projects can apply from anywhere in the country. To express your interest, please contact Dawn Mitchell and include a few words about why your project would make an interesting case study on or before June 24th.

Led by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (South West Peninsula) in association with SPYN (the Social Prescribing Youth Network)


  • Our aim is to understand and capture innovation and adaptation in delivery in social prescribing for children and young people and understand the conditions for optimal and safe functioning in a service environment that has been changed by COVID-19. Specifically:
  • What the CYP SP sector is learning about the things children and young people are struggling with; and
  • How the sector is innovating and adapting to respond to these worsening or emerging needs.

The ask:

  • We want to engage with a small number of services in a comprehensive way. This will entail a virtual ‘researcher-in-residence’ approach, with an experienced health services researcher being assigned to each organisation taking part
  • The researcher will work with the data routinely collected by the organisation, and generate some of their own through interviews etc; there will be no requirement for the organisation to collect additional data of any kind

Our data collection will involve observational notes derived from regular telephone contacts and video-conference meetings to capture implementation data and answers to the questions posed; structured interviews with link workers in each of the sites and written/email data capture where needed.

The benefits:

  • We want to do research that is useful. The model we describe above allows us to collect data which capture innovations, practice and evidence to show what has been happening under Covid. This will enable us to share this learning with others in the sector and help to spread the learning.
  • More practically, we have found that the researcher-in-residence model is a reciprocal one; as the researcher gets to now the organisation, they can act as an evidence/learning partner and sounding board for evidence-based practice decisions.

The timing:

  • The research project will last 12 months, starting in July or August - to be confirmed
  • We have the capacity to work with a maximum of five local organisations; anyone interested in being involved should contact [email protected] by June 24th