Homes and health in the Outer Hebrides: A social prescribing framework for addressing fuel poverty and the social determinants of health

Cormac Lawler, Graeme Sherriff, Philip Brown, Danielle Butler, Andrea Gibbons, Philip Martin, Margaret Probin

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Abstract

Health services are increasingly being reshaped with reference to addressing social determinants of health (SDoH), with social prescribing a prominent example. We examine a project in the Outer Hebrides that reshaped and widened the local health service, framing fuel poverty as a social determinant of health and mobilising a cross-sector support pathway to make meaningful and substantive improvements to islanders' living conditions. The ‘Moving Together’ project provided support to almost 200 households, ranging from giving advice on home energy, finances and other services, to improving the energy efficiency of their homes. In so doing, the project represents an expansion of the remit of social prescribing, in comparison with the majority of services currently provided under this banner, and can be seen as a more systemic approach that engages with the underlying conditions of a population's health. We present a framework through which to understand and shape initiatives to address fuel poverty through a social prescribing approach.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102926
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Place
Volume79
Early online date25 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

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