Hello everyone

July has brought extreme heat, conservative debates on how to move forwards with running the country, lots of sporting fixtures and hopefully some annual leave and holiday time for some of us.  Whilst the world goes on around us, thankfully social prescribing schemes continue to support the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our society. 

This month's newsletter brings a mixture of social prescribing news - jobs, reports, a call out to link workers to shape research, events to attend and more.

We also have more conference videos available for you as well as our
latest blog from Dr Anant Jani who presented data on the millions of referrals for social determinants of health and referrals to social prescribing schemes across England at our 4th International Social Prescribing Network conference.

Social prescribing was also recently featured in Time magazine with some powerful stories of how taking a different approach can revolutionise someone's health and wellbeing. You can access the
full article here.

We are having a little annual leave ourselves at the Social Prescribing Network HQ, so there will be no newsletter in August.   

Please keep supporting social prescribing and thank you for everything you all do!


Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network

Videos from the 4th International Social Prescribing Network Conference

Co-chaired by Paul Jarvis-Beesley & Marcello Bertotti this research led session presents & discusses the latest findings in social prescribing for children and young people. Hear from Gloria Cheung, University of York, Julie McCarthy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Georgina Aasgaard, Live Music Now & Daniel Paul Hayes, University College London & Anna Freud Centre.

Co-chaired by Sian Brand & Jo Ward, this research-led session looks at the latest findings on supporting different professionals involved in social prescribing. Hear from Prof. Suzy Wilson, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Laura Bailey, St James's Hospital, Dublin, Adam Knight-Markiegi, MEL Research & Dr Sara Calderon, Queen Mary University of London.

Co-chaired by Jackie Leigh & Jo Crease this session will showcase the work being done with students in nursing, medicine and allied health professions. Hear from Dr Michelle Howarth  - Introduction to the Personalised Care Interprofessional Education Framework, Dr Bogdan Chiva-Giurca - Introduction to and progress of the Student Social Prescribing Champion scheme, Wetlin Chen, medical student & Samuel Priddin, occupational therapy student.

Co-chaired by Marie Polley & Anne Hunt, this session will highlight the work of the Academic Partners Collaborative, set up by NASP and hosted by the Social Prescribing Network.  The APC is a collaborative of leading academic institutions and organisations that have worked to review current social prescribing evidence. Hear from Dr Anne Hunt, Kerryn Husk, Dr Lucy Cartwright & Dr Martin Gilchrist.

Scottish Social Prescribing Network parliamentary reception           
Social Prescribing was celebrated at a parliamentary reception held in Scottish Parliament in June. The event was sponsored by Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian and organised by co-chairs of the Scottish Social Prescribing Network, Clare Cook, Project Manager for Spring Social Prescribing, and Alison Leitch, Assistant Service Manager for the Edinburgh Community Link Worker Network.   

Over seventy guests attended including key policymakers, those involved in social prescribing programmes and third sector organisations from across Scotland.  Ms Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Clare Cook, co-chair of the Scottish Social Prescribing Network said:

To be hosting a parliamentary reception shows how valued social prescribing is in Scotland and how important it is to further embed this approach into our provision of health services here.

A great video of the event is available on


Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance Awards         

The Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) 2022 Awards are open with this year's categories being: Climate, Collective Power and Practising Well. 

You can find out more about the awards and apply online. The deadline for entry is 5pm 31st of July 2022.

National Lead for Arts and Culture, NASP

NASP is advertising for someone to lead and co-ordinate NASP’s national work on social prescribing with partners across the arts and culture sector. The role sits in the National Leads team and will work alongside colleagues leading on the key areas of the natural environment, physical activity, historic environment and older people.  

For more information
click here or contact  Application deadline is 8th of August, 12pm.

Call for link workers to inform new research        

A research group at King's College London is starting a research project on incorporating rehabilitation (outdoor mobility/ physical activity) into social prescribing. They are planning to carry out a survey and interviews, but before that they want their research to be informed by link workers.

If you are a link worker and would like to talk about your role, hear more about the project and share your thoughts, please contact Stefany Guerra by email at, or Twitter @troop_ppi



Final Evaluation Report: Understanding food related issues for link workers - training course

Funded by The AIM Foundation, the College of Medicine and the Social Prescribing Network ran 8 training courses for link workers between November 2021 and June 2022.  The course was a mixture of information on different food issues that clients present with and case study work.  The courses were extremely successful and the evaluation results demonstrated a huge increase in confidence for those taking part.   To read more about the course and the evaluation results, please click here.

Identifying the art of well-being

This report is the second in the AHRC-funded collaboration between Entelechy Arts and Queen Mary University of London. This was an 18-month research project of Entelechy Arts’ ‘Staying Connected’ programme which was created and delivered during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.

The research comprised focus groups and longitudinal surveys were carried out in interviews with older adults who participated in the remote creative programmes. Insights were gained into the impact of remote creative programmes on agency, social connection, and well-being during the transition out of lockdown.

Key findings include: 

  • Older adults appreciated the varied creative activities which allowed for choice and agency. They were absorbed in the activities and re-developed or developed artistic interests from taking part.
  • Older adults valued the interactions and shared experiences with other members and became emotionally invested in other members’ well-being.
  • Older adults detailed the anticipation, positive mood, and happiness associated with the cluster calls.
  • Higher identification with the arts programme (Meet Me…), their community, and a person's age group were all associated with lower social isolation and higher positive mood.
  • Initial ratings of arts programme (Meet Me…) identification were associated with engaging in more activities and with longer membership with Entelechy Arts

This research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation. Download the report here.



Co-creating arts for brain health webinar - a global perspective

To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, in this webinar, chaired by Brian Lawlor, Deputy Executive Director of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI – University of California, San Francisco | Trinity College Dublin), there will be a showcase of the diverse creative activities of Atlantic Fellows for Equity Health at GBHI that have been co-produced with and for people living with dementia that generate powerful messages of hope, engagement, inclusion and connection. There is so much to be learned from the innovation emanating from different countries and geographies, and this webinar will illustrate the richness and diversity of a number of these global creative interdisciplinary activities.

The webinar on September 6th 10.00-11.30 will feature five 10-minute presentations from Atlantic Fellows, followed by a panel discussion of experts in arts & brain health, social prescribing and transdisciplinary approaches for people living with dementia.

Find out more and register online.


The Personalised Care Interprofessional Educations (PerCIE) Conference


Beyond the Bedside – What Matters to the Person?  

On the 16th of November, the PerCIe international conference will bring organizations together to share innovative education practices that can help make a difference to communities and individuals. The conference will explore how place-based learning can be used to prepare the future workforce through sharing practice and research. The conference will bring together academics, practitioners, practice educationalists, students, link workers, and private, independent and voluntary sector organizations to discuss how education can promote personalized approaches through:  

  • Education for health creation, 
  • Challenging the curriculum and advancing pedagogy to ensure innovation becomes standard.  
  • Contributing to community capacity through service learning and ‘giving back’ 
  • Supporting connected communities through collaboration beyond the bedside 
  • Understanding implications of ICSs and future workforce needs 

For more information on the conference, or to book a place, please contact the Percie Conference team at 


Don't forget you can access conference videos on our YouTube channel, check out our grey literature database online or make a submission of a social prescribing report or evaluation. 

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