Practicing Distance, Seeking Connection


In difficult times, we all need the ability to talk, to connect, to feel reassured that we are not alone. Many of us will have strong support networks available to us and positive family relationships. But others will lack these connections for a myriad of reasons. We know that the impact of this can be devastating, and that people who are socially isolated are more likely to experience worse health outcomes than those who benefit from strong social connection. Social Prescribing offers a chance to remedy this for many people, and whilst the country suddenly comes to terms with a [...]

Practicing Distance, Seeking Connection2020-03-28T09:44:50+00:00



The facts                                   We want to support people who are working in communities to reduce the impact of Coronavirus and its effect on daily life.  The starting point is to make sure that we all have correct and current information. The links below are regularly updated: The UK Government’s coronavirus information For individuals, you can find medical guidance on coronavirus on the NHS website. For clinicians, the NHS England and Improvement website contains regularly updated guidance. Sharing ideas for virtual communities We want to help people carry on living the best life they can at the same time that they are staying safe [...]


£1 million investment in local communities announced, to help people live healthier lives


The National Academy for Social Prescribing has today launched its blueprint for supporting social prescribing across the country which includes a £1 million fund and backing from major national partners – Arts Council England, National Garden Scheme and Southbank Centre. The Academy also calls on each local NHS body to develop a local social prescribing plan to outline how they will work with local community groups and the voluntary sector to help ensure the availability of social prescribing in their community. The Academy will also offer support to achieve this. Social prescribing aims to support people to stay healthy in [...]

£1 million investment in local communities announced, to help people live healthier lives2020-03-13T15:01:21+00:00

Board meeting confirms next steps for NASP


The NASP Board had its first full meeting today (Wed 18 December) and signed off the important next steps for the Academy. Some of the immediate priorities are to secure the future format of the organisation and it was agreed that an application for charitable status would be made in the new year.  Having supported the Academy to reach this stage, it was agreed that Jonathan Marron and James Sanderson would step down from their role as directors. The Board thanked them for their hard work in helping the Academy to get off the ground, and for the momentum which [...]

Board meeting confirms next steps for NASP2019-12-19T09:04:28+00:00

Social prescribing: new national academy set up


The academy will help more people benefit from arts, sport and leisure activities across the country Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is setting out his ambition for every patient in the country to have access to social prescribing schemes on the NHS as readily as they do medical care. Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. This can include activities such as art and singing classes. The National Academy for Social Prescribing will work to: standardise the quality and range of [...]

Social prescribing: new national academy set up2019-10-23T16:03:27+00:00

Army of workers to support family doctors


An army of advisers will be recruited to help patients live fitter, healthier lives and combat anxiety, loneliness and depression under plans to ramp up social prescribing set to be launched by NHS England this week. Around half of GP appointments are not directly related to medical conditions, according to experts. Growing evidence shows that referrals to community services such as exercise or art classes, history groups and even ballroom dancing can boost health and wellbeing more than dishing out pills or other treatments. Now NHS England plans to recruit 1,000 social prescribing ‘link workers’ as part of the NHS Long [...]

Army of workers to support family doctors2019-10-23T10:04:12+00:00

The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health


Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock speaks to the King's Fund about the benefits of social prescribing. I love my job. I get to see brilliant doctors and inspirational nurses, courageous paramedics and committed carers. I get to meet people who save lives each and every day. Yet, there were some perks to being Culture Secretary. You’d get to go to the Tate, the National, the Royal Opera House for work. You’d get to rub shoulders with the likes of Grayson Perry, Anthony Gormley and even the legendary Ronnie Wood. Although, when Ronnie offered me a little pick-me-up at [...]

The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health2019-10-23T10:05:17+00:00