Social prescribing: coming of age

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Following our sell-out event last year, this year we will be moving from examining the case for social prescribing and the benefits it offers to exploring the ways in which it can be embedded and implemented. In collaboration with the College of Medicine and the Social Prescribing Network, we will look at how it can be measured and the impact it is already having on outcomes for patients.

Come along to this event to hear from local areas around the country who have implemented social prescribing models and can report on their learning and outcomes and provide practical resources for commissioners, clinicians and voluntary and community organisations looking to adopt and implement social prescribing in their own locality.

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    What will you learn?

    At this event you will hear about:

    • the progress of social prescribing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
    • how a social prescription model can be adopted and implemented within a place-based health and care system
    • how to embed quality assurance within social prescribing models
    • the evidence so far on impact and outcomes resulting from social prescribing interventions 
    • the role of technology and big data in supporting the delivery and analysis of social prescription
    • the ways in which the public, voluntary and community sectors are working together in new ways to collaborate over delivery of social prescription locally.

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    Registration opens, refreshments and networking


    Breakfast session

    Breakfast session hosted by AbbVie. Details to be announced shortly. 


    Session one: Opening plenary

    10.00amWelcome and introduction

    This session will: 

    • reflect on current developments around social prescribing 
    • provide a personal perspective on the benefits of social prescribing 
    • provide a national update across England 
    • provide examples of social prescribing in action. 

    10.05amReflections on progress in social prescribing


    Dr Michael Dixon OBE, GP, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHS England, and Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network
    Dr Marie Polley, Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences and Research, University of Westminster, and Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network

    10.15amA patient voice

    Arabella Tresilian

    10.25amWhat’s happening nationally?

    James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England

    10.40amPanel session: Social prescription in action

    • Hear from social prescription projects in action, the approaches taken and lessons from their implementation.

    Panellists include:
    Tony Doherty, Regional Co-ordinator, Healthy Living Centre Alliance, Northern Ireland
    Helen Kingston, GP, The Frome Project, NHS Somerset CCG

    11.00amQuestions and discussion


    Breakout A: Assuring safety and quality in social prescribing

    Delegates can choose between breakouts A, B and C. 

    11.45amWelcome and introduction

    Craig Lister, Green Gym Managing Director, The Conservation Volunteers

    11.50amAssuring safety and quality in social prescribing

    • This session will discuss the development of a quality assurance system for social prescribing in England and explore relevant case studies.

    Ann Booth, Head of Performance and Quality, Citizens Advice

    Further speakers to be announced shortly.

    12.20pmQuestions and discussion

    Breakout B: Technology by itself does not transform

    11.45amWelcome and introduction

    Martin Bell, Independent Consultant, Health Care, IT and Business, The Martin Bell Partnership

    11.55amInteractive panel session

    • Hear how digital technologies can support and enable social prescribing programmes.
    • Learn how making digital technologies everyone’s business can make implementation easier.
    • Discover ways to dispel the fear around digital with community at the core.
    • Discuss how to avoid digital technologies being the dominant force in change projects. 

    Hanif Osmani, Programme Manager, Poplar HARCA 
    Chris Easton, Head of Person and Community-Centred Approaches, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust 
    Andrew Boyd, GP, Clapham Park Group Practice, and Clinical Champion, Clinical Priorities Programme, Royal College of General Practitioners 
    Sharon Hanooman, Senior Social Prescriber, Waltham Forest
    Leeann Monk-Ozgul, Co-Founder, Elemental Software 

    12.20pmQuestions and discussion

    Breakout C: Developing and supporting link workers

    11.45amWelcome and introduction

    Dan Hopewell, Director of Knowledge and Innovation, Bromley by Bow Centre

    11.50amDeveloping and supporting link workers

    • This session will review progress around the development of the link worker role in Scotland and England.

    Kate Burton, Public Health Practitioner (Welfare Reform, Health Literacy, Community Link Workers), Scottish Public Health Network  

    Further speakers to be announced shortly.

    12.20pmQuestions and discussion


    Breakout D: Making the case with outcomes

    Delegates can choose between breakouts D, E and F. 

    2.00pmWelcome and introduction

    Dr Richard Kimberlee, Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England

    2.05pmMaking the case with outcomes

    • This session will examine the outcomes that different sectors see as important in making a business case for social prescribing. 

    Speakers include:
    James Watson, Manager, Personalised Care (Supported Self-Management), NHS England
    Jo Robins, Public Health Consultant, Shropshire Council
    Paul Jarvis-Beesley, Head of Health and Sport, StreetGames 

    2.35pmQuestions and discussion

    Breakout E: Arts and health

    2.00pmWelcome and introduction

    Tim Joss, Chief Executive and Founder, Aesop

    2.05pmArts and health

    • This session will provide an overview of the roles that the arts can play in health, look at the evidence that is being gathered around the effects of the arts on health, and address practical aspects of integrating arts into health.

    Speakers include:
    Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews, GP, Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre

    2.35pmQuestions and discussion

    Breakout F: The role of housing in scaling social prescribing

    2.00pmWelcome and introduction

    Helen Rowbottom, Policy Officer, National Housing Association

    2.05pmThe role of housing in scaling social prescribing

    • This session will feature housing sector case studies and an overview of how spaces, services and staff can support the delivery of social prescribing. 

    Speakers to be announced shortly.

    2.35pmQuestions and discussion


    Closing plenary: Next steps for embedding social prescribing

    3.25pmWelcome back

    Professor Sir Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

    This session will:

    • discuss strategic steps forward in social prescribing
    • provide perspectives from a range of sectors
    • use interactive software to capture delegates’ voices.

    3.30pmKeynote address: London’s commitment to social prescribing

    Dr Tom Coffey, OBE, Senior Adviser to the Mayor, Health Policy, Greater London Authority
    • Hear about the Mayor of London's social prescribing strategy and plans for implementing it.

    3.40pmReview of strategy and progress from the All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network

    Speaker to be announced shortly.

    3.50pmThe future for general practice using social prescribing

    Dr Zoe Williams, GP, and Clinical Champion for the Royal College of General Practitioners’ clinical priority ‘Physical activity and lifestyle’

    4.05pmEngaging the future workforce in social prescribing

    Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Founder and Chair, NHS England National Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme

    4.10pmQuestions and discussion

    This session will explore some of the questions around the future of social prescribing, including how to:

    •  sustain the voluntary sector 
    •  embed good practice
    •  learn from evidence and evaluation of implementation.

    4.40pmClosing comments

    4.45pmClose of conference





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