Building Capacity for the Evaluation of Social Prescribing in Ireland: A Request for Tender

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The National Office for Suicide Prevention and Health and Wellbeing Division of the HSE invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced consultants/ organisations to undertake an evaluability assessment of Social Prescribing Services in Ireland. This assessment is a key input to the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for social prescribing in Ireland. It is envisaged that the successful applicant will work collaboratively with the HSE and other key stakeholders from September 2019 for an eight month period.


Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services provided by the voluntary and community sector. The problems of social isolation, fear and loneliness have negative consequences for health and have been particularly highlighted in older age groups, those with chronic health problems, people with mental health problems, carers, single parents, and immigrant and minority ethnic groups. Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way.

The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) supports, drives and co-ordinates the implementation, monitor and evaluation of Connecting for Life (CfL), Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020. The HSE NOSP was an early funder of social prescribing initiative in Ireland. HSE Health and Wellbeing (H&W) is focused on supporting people and communities to protect and improve their health and wellbeing and drives the implementation of Healthy Ireland in the Health Services.

Social prescribing is aligned with the overall vision, goals and several action areas in both Healthy Ireland and Connecting for Life. It helps people to navigate the structural & environmental barriers which impact our mental and physical health and contribute to health inequalities. However, the current evidence fails to provide sufficient detail to judge either success or value for money of social prescribing.

To this end the HSE NOSP and H&W Division wish to build capacity for the evaluation of social prescribing in Ireland with the long term view of assessing impacts and outcomes in order to ensure that what spreads, works.

Please see tender document below for further details.

Deadline for receipt of tenders is July 1st @ 1pm



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