Hello everyone

As June draws to close already (how did that happen?), the social prescribing movement around the world continues to serve communities, seek to learn through research, put on events, and push the boundaries. 

This month we have
more videos from the 4th International Social Prescribing Network Conference available for you, this time from our day 1 break-out sessions looking at the faith sector, the VCSFE sector, social prescribing in museums, and social prescribing in Integrated Care Systems - highly recommended viewing!  Conference videos are also being added to our YouTube channel. Don't forget that presentations from the conference are also available on our website.

Talking of progressing the movement, you can  read our latest blog from Deborah Munt about The Link Worker Manifesto we featured in last months newsletter - the blog, the video, the manifesto - it's a call to action to step up and give more value to the incredible work that link workers do.

Another new campaign for more social prescribing was launched 2 weeks ago by the College of Medicine - Beyond Pills - you can read more about this below and get a link to a blog that our own steering group member Debs Teale wrote about it. 

Lastly, social prescribing in the UK was recently featured in The World, it is always great to see social prescribing being discussed on the international stage. You can access the full story here.

So, check out what research your voice could contribute to, see what resources may help, get behind a campaign, do some CPD via our conference videos...the choice is yours.

Keep social prescribing!

Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network


Videos from the 4th International Social Prescribing Network Conference

Co-chaired by Jane Hartley & Kerrie Fletcher, this session shares best practice, ideas & principles for working with the VCFSE and how stakeholders can build a Healthy Social Prescribing System with the VCFSE Sector. Hear from Alex Boys - Deputy CEO, NAVCA & Warren Escadale - Chief Executive, Voluntary Sector North West.

Hear from Dr Peter Rookes, Birmingham Council of Faiths, Sufia Alam - London Muslim Centre & Rev Johnathan Evens, HeartEdge, sharing examples of how different faith organisations are supporting and collaborating with social prescribing schemes and other VCFSE organisations

Co-chaired by Jo Ward & David Cowan, this session shows how link workers are collaborating with museums to provide social prescribing services in community locations for people they wouldn't normally reach with Elizabeth Denton, Museum Development Yorkshire, Sue MacKay, Thackray Museum of Medicine, Ruth Salthouse, Linking Leeds Social Prescribing Service & Julia Bryan, Liverpool Museums.

Co-chaired by Sian Brand & Craig Lister, hear from Tim Anfilogoff , NHS Herts Valley CCG, Mary-Ann Lindsay, Herts Help Hospital & Community Navigation Service, British Red Cross, Kristy Thakur, Herts County Council, Dan Hopewell, Bromley by Bow Health, Emma Owen-Amadasun, Bromley by Bow Health on how we can maximise the role of social prescribing in Integrated Care Systems and move into prevention? This session will go in depth using two very different case studies which discuss how social prescribing is being developed within the new ICS structures.

Beyond Pills Campaign

Did you know that approximately 1.1 billion pills are prescribed unnecessarily in the NHS?  Shocked by that statistic?  If you want to read more, then take a look at the National Overprescribing Review report by Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England.  Surely that fact alone is one to support the use of non-medical approaches for improving health.   

On the 16th of June, the College of Medicine launched the Beyond Pills campaign, putting forward a manifesto that outlines key actions to be taken by the system to support more social prescribing, amongst other things. To read more about this campaign and the coverage it got,
click here.

After the launch event, our lived experience representative steering committee member, Debs Teale, was inspired to write a blog, which you can read here.


Social Prescribing and Physical Activity

This project set-out to explore the current evidence for social prescribing and physical activity and identify transferrable lessons from Exercise on Referral Schemes (ERS). You can download the report Social Prescribing and Physical Activity: Scoping an Agenda for Policy, Practice and Research here.

In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that health professionals can play in supporting people to reach this target, including through ERS. However, concerns have been raised about the efficacy of ERS for some people leading to growing interest in the role that social prescribing could play in supporting people to become more physically active.

Social prescribing is a way for health professionals and other service providers to refer people to a link worker who spends time to understand ‘what matters to them’ and uses this information to tailor packages of community-based support. Although there is a wide range of community-based physical activity opportunities for link workers to refer to currently very little is known about the extent to which this happening or whether it leads to higher levels of activity.



Creatively Minded: The Directory

This 2nd edition Directory of organisations working in the field of arts and mental health in the UK contains around 320 organisations identified as part of research conducted for the Baring Foundation's Arts and Mental Health funding programme. Organisations are listed A-Z and geographically by county. Organisations working with children and young people are highlighted as well.

If you would like to be added to future updated versions of the Directory, email:


7 steps to wellbeing through volunteering - guide

The guide was produced by the National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Royal Voluntary Service. The guide aims to help volunteer-involving organisations support people who may come to volunteering as part of a social prescribing journey. It  focuses on the aspects of volunteering that may require new ways of thinking and approaches on the part of the volunteer-involving organisations, to ensure someone’s health and wellbeing are supported and nurtured as part of a social prescribing journey.  

You can find out more and
download the guide here

Research - calls for participation

Social Prescribing for older people questionnaire                                                                
The National Academy for Social Prescribing and Independent Age are working in partnership to develop a new programme to support social prescribing for older people.

To help them understand more about the needs in this sector, they are inviting stakeholders to complete this questionnaire, which they hope will provide a current snapshot of social prescribing for older people, for example, enablers, barriers, gaps, opportunities and examples of best practice.

This questionnaire aims to learn from your experiences and expertise, and your answers will help to identify early priorities for the new work programme.

The questionnaire closes on Friday 22ndJuly, you can access it online or  request a paper copy of the questionnaire by emailing Emily Cousins, National Lead for Older People at the National Academy for Social 


Call for participants - mapping community referral routes                                                              

The University of Plymouth is partnering with the SIPHER consortium to use a structured approach to design a future programme of community-referred social prescribing. They are calling for participants in an MRC-funded project that is mapping community referral routes for social prescribing and would like to conduct focus groups with several groups of experts in the community referred social prescribing: 
  1. Service users: people with experience of non-NHS social prescribing pathways. 
  2. Link workers: key to pathways, but for this project must be outside PCN/NHS employment. 
  3. Local authority: Any local council or unitary authority support for social prescribing pathways and implementation. 
  4. VCSE service providers: Organisations in the VCFSE arena that facilitate and provide social prescribing pathway support/delivery. 
  5. Activity providers: These are the activities that are provided as part of social prescriptions, and we will approach known individuals to cover the four ‘zones’ of social prescribing activity (arts, nature, physical activity, finance and housing).
During the focus group they will be refining a systems map of social prescribing referral routes outside of the NHS that is being developed during ongoing stakeholder consultations and discussing experiences of social prescribing, with a researcher facilitating the session. 
An outline of the project can be found


Cultural Diversity in Arts for Brain Health Webinar                      

On Tuesday, July 5th, 10 am-11.30 am, Dr Sharmi Bhattacharyya, Consultant & Clinical Lead for Older People’s Mental Health at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and Editor of The Old Age Psychiatrist at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, culture health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on diagnostic tools and arts workshops celebrating diverse cultures. Read more



'Only Connect!' 2022 International Community Symposium

This July, the “Only Connect!” Network (which includes Cornwall Museums Partnership, Sensory Trust and The Photobook Project) will be putting on an International Community Symposium on the benefits of creative, intergenerational and inclusive practice and research. This event will be taking place at Falmouth University and Tate St Ives from 27th - 29th of July.


The symposium will bring together people living with dementia, care commissioners, creative practitioners, young people, national organisations and international representatives for intergenerational projects - creating a unique space for them to connect and challenge the barriers that face our communities. This year, there will be an inspiring lineup of keynote speakers including Alison Clyde (CEO of Generations Working Together Scotland) and Rich Bell (Head of Campaigns at The Cares Family). Click here to find out more and book tickets.


Tickets are £45 for individuals and £55 for organisations. If you have financial barriers stopping you from attending or any questions about the event, please drop us an email at:

Grey literature database

Our grey literature database has continued to grow, you can access it here or make a submission to be considered for the database here. If you are taking part in active research, you can submit your details for our active research archive which will be available soon.

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