Westminster Health Forum Online Conference – Next steps for social prescribing in England

17/09/20 to 17/09/20
9.00am - 1.00pm
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About this event

Hosted by the Westminster Health Forum this full-scale online policy conference will assess the progress and next steps in rolling out social prescribing across England.

Main areas for discussion are highlighted below – but of course also expect discussion on the day to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision of social prescribing and community services, and those delivering and receiving them.

Westminster Health Forum are pleased to include keynote sessions with Dr Michael Dixon, National Clinical Champion Social Prescribing, NHS England and Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network, Chair Social Prescribing Institute; Christiana Melam, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Link Workers; James Sanderson, Chief Executive, National Academy for Social Prescribing and Director of Personalised Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Catherine Wills, NHCP Assistant Director, Workforce, Northamptonshire CCGs – as well as contributions from Altogether Better; British Red Cross; Evergreen Life; the General Practice Alliance; the Harvard Global Health Institute; Sense; Sheffield City Council; the South West Academic Health Science Network; and the University of Plymouth.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) – set up by government and backed by £5m in funding, with the aim of increasing provision of social prescribing in England
  • A focus on GP prescription of exercise and social activities in the Government’s new obesity strategy
  • Access to social prescribing on the NHS as readily as to medical care for every patient in the country – set out as an ambition by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • The loneliness strategy – for which social prescribing forms a key part, as a continuing government commitment with the Loneliness Annual Report recently published
  • The APPG for Longevity’s new longer, healthier lives strategy – and its expected support for social prescribing ventures
  • Funding – being provided for the five-year GP contract to increase the workforce for social prescribing, with discussion expected on how it has been used and the progress made

The agenda:

  • Assessing the progress of rolling out social prescribing in England and the sector response to COVID-19
  • Developing the social prescribing workforce – integration and training
  • The role of social prescribing link workers as part of a Primary Care Network in the COVID-19 response
  • Commissioning of social prescription and implementation of personalised care – supporting mental and physical health in local communities
  • Assessing effectiveness and quality – evaluation of outcomes and next steps for developing the evidence base
  • Promotion, community support, patient engagement and delivery of social prescription:
  • Prioritising patient care – access, variation and reducing inequality
  • Putting prescription into practice – the referral process and partnership with service providers
  • The role of technology and innovation in social prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in facilitating self-management of care
  • Collaborative Practice: a sustainable approach to Social Prescribing
  • Scaling up innovation and supporting best practice
  • Long-term goals for establishing best practice, scaling up and the sourcing and allocation of funding

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