This page provides resources to support health professionals to run the Reading Well Books on Prescription and Reading Well Mood-boosting Books schemes.
Reading Well Books on Prescription
What is Reading Well Books on Prescription?
Reading Well Books on Prescription provides book-based support for adults experiencing a variety of conditions. The core list of books provides evidence-based self-help in the following areas - anger, anxiety, binge eating, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, health anxiety, obessions and compulsions, panic, phobias, relationship problems, self-esteem, sleep problems, social phobia, stress and worry.
Find out more about the scheme in this FAQ document.
Reading Well Books on Prescription core list
The titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription core list of self-help books have been recommended by experts. They have been tried and tested and found to be useful.
The scheme works within National Institute of Care and Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
Find out more about the titles on the core list and how they were selected.
You can also read and listen to extracts from a selection of the titles.
Running Reading Well Books on Prescription
The Reading Well Books on Prescription prescriber toolkit contains a range of resources to help you run scheme, including a handbook for prescribers, user and prescriber leaflets, an overview of the core books and a recommended reading form.
The digital Reading Well Books on Prescription user leaflet can be printed out and used to prescribe books from the core list to your patients.
The printed Reading Well Books on Prescription user leaflet is available as a hard-copy. If you'd like copies sent to you please get in touch.
The Reading Well Books on Prescription recommended reading form can be printed out and used to prescribe books from the core list to your patients. It's similar to the user leaflet, but does not have accompanying information about the scheme.
The Reading Well Books on Prescription prescriber leaflet - print provides information for health professionals. It can be viewed online, but is not currently available to print. If you'd like us to send you hard-copy versions of the prescriber leaflet, please get in touch.
Posters (A3 and A4) promoting the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme are available from your local library service and The Reading Agency shop.
Reading Well Books on Prescription plasma screen artwork can be downloaded and displayed on plasma screens to promote the scheme in surgeries and GP practices.
Information for clinical commissioning groups. This template provides information about the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. It can be adapted and used to promote the scheme to CCGs.
We're keen to get feedback from users of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.
We'd be grateful if you could provide your patients with a feedback form when you recommend a self-help book from the core list. Completed feedback forms can be handed in to libraries.
We've also developed an online feedback form. This is signposted in the user leaflet and you may want to recommend this to your patients. Information from this form will be analysed by The Reading Agency.
We're also keen to contact health professionals regarding evaluation of the scheme. If you'd be interested in helping us with evaluation, please register your details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about evaluation of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.
Reading Well Books on Prescription resources, including the core reading list, are only available for use as part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. Permission to use or adapt these resources by any agencies not subscribing to this scheme should be sought from The Reading Agency. Resources should not be adapted by any agency without prior consent.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books
The other strand of the Reading Well programme is Reading Well Mood-boosting Books. It is signposted in the Reading Well Books on Prescription user leaflet. Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books have been recommended by readers and reading groups.
Reading groups can be a good way of bringing people together, promoting well-being and reducing isolation. For more information, visit Reading Groups for Everyone.