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AIIHPC Social Prescribing Workshop

Workshop, held 25th October 2023


Social prescribing recognises that health is heavily determined by social factors such as poverty, isolation and loneliness. Social prescribing offers health professionals a means of referring and supporting people to engage with a range of non-clinical community supports which can have significant benefits for their overall health and wellbeing. There are a range of well-established social prescribing interventions across the island of Ireland.

The workshop considered the potential for social prescribing to add value to and enhance the range of supports already provided by hospice and specialist palliative care services.


Hospices and inpatient units across Ireland, HSE, HSC, Trust and Public Health representatives. Third sector.


Professor David Robinson is a consultant geriatrician at St James’s Hospital and a senior clinical lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He completed his basic and specialist training in Dublin and Queensland, Australia and was admitted to the Specialist Register of General (Internal) Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in 2010. He is the director of the Memory Clinic at St James‘s Hospital and is co-chair of the Social Prescribing Network of Ireland.

Professor Mary Lynch is a registered adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and holds a Master of Science in sustainable rural development and a PhD in Health Economics both from Queens University in Belfast. She is a trained Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner with a specific interest in Social Prescribing (SP), Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and SROI research into public health policy and evidence-based practice. She is one of the founding members of the Social Value Hub, Bangor University and a steering group member for the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) and Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN).
Mary is Professor and Executive Vice Dean for Research in Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI, Hon Prof of Healthcare in UWS, UK & Vice Chair for Technology and Palliative Care special interest group in AIIHPC.