NASP welcomes new NICE guidelines for people with depression

2021-12-07T11:47:38+00:00

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new draft guidelines for how to identify, treat and manage depression. The guidance recognises the importance of having a 'menu of options' for the treatment of less severe depression. It recommends that doctors talk to patients about what would suit them best, including the offer of exercise, mindfulness or meditation sessions, as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). What matters to each individual At the National Academy for Social Prescribing, we welcome the new guidelines, which focus on what matters to each individual. Antidepressants and other medication can play an [...]

NASP welcomes new NICE guidelines for people with depression2021-12-07T11:47:38+00:00

What’s cooking? A visit to Thrive Haringey

2021-11-16T12:47:30+00:00

On a cold November Friday what could be more nourishing than a chicken ramen? How about a chicken ramen cooked by children from an estate in Haringey, where it wasn’t just the flavours that mattered, but the connections, community, and sheer enjoyment? The work that the National Academy for Social Prescribing do matters. But we only see just how much when we’re spending time with those people who are engaging in the activity and programmes. On a visit to Bridge Renewal Trust to hear more about what they are doing as part of as part of Thriving Communities Fund social prescribing [...]

What’s cooking? A visit to Thrive Haringey2021-11-16T12:47:30+00:00

FMCP Club – combatting loneliness in people with neurological conditions

2021-11-17T10:22:39+00:00

 Jacqui Barbet-Sheilds, founder and trustee of the FMCP Club, tells us about the work of group.  The FMCP Club is a support group for people with conditions such as ME, multiple sclerosis, functional neurological disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Addison’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other neurological conditions. These conditions often cause loneliness and isolation, and we work to combat that. I founded it in 2011 and it has since grown to have over 100 members in Surrey and Sutton.  Many people with fibromyalgia, for example, struggle with the condition for years without being diagnosed.  It often takes a conversation with someone or an article in the press to alert them to fibromyalgia as a possible cause for their condition. FMCP Club are working to raise awareness of the condition [...]

FMCP Club – combatting loneliness in people with neurological conditions2021-11-17T10:22:39+00:00

National Academy for Social Prescribing opens new office at Southbank Centre

2021-11-12T12:40:22+00:00

Thursday 11 November 2021 was a special day for the National Academy for Social Prescribing. Just over two years on from the organisation’s inception, we opened our new offices at the Southbank Centre.  The ribbon to the office was cut by Chair of NASP, Helen Stokes Lampard, and Elaine Bedell,  Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, who were joined by James Sanderson, CEO at NASP.  It builds on the work that has already been done through programmes such as Art by Post, and cements a partnership that is committed to the social prescribing agenda, with a particular focus on arts, creativity and culture.   James Sanderson, CEO of NASP, says “We're so [...]

National Academy for Social Prescribing opens new office at Southbank Centre2021-11-12T12:40:22+00:00

Getting veteran friendly accredited shows your veteran patients that you understand and care

2021-11-16T12:09:40+00:00

Ashlee Manning is a social prescribing GP link worker for Herts Help.  She is also an Armed Forces veteran. As a veteran, I found adjusting to civilian life difficult.  I joined the army at 16.  When I left in my 20s I felt ill-prepared and didn’t know how to explain what I’d been through to friends and family.  I didn’t know what support was out there and how to ask for help. There are 2.2 million veterans like me in England.  Yet around half of GP practices don’t know how many veterans they have - simply because they aren’t aware of [...]

Getting veteran friendly accredited shows your veteran patients that you understand and care2021-11-16T12:09:40+00:00

COP-26, climate change and the value of green social prescribing

2021-11-12T12:41:01+00:00

James Sanderson, our CEO, reflects during November's COP-26 on how important the nature and a healthy environment are for our health and wellbeing.  As a global society we face the triple threats of climate change; the breakdown of habitats and biodiversity and inequalities in physical and mental health outcomes. While the full impact of Covid-19 is still emerging, deprived communities have borne the brunt of the crisis.  These communities, with lower levels of health, social and economic resilience before the pandemic, are now facing greater challenges and are considerably more vulnerable to future environmental and economic shocks.    COP-26 focused  the world’s attention on [...]

COP-26, climate change and the value of green social prescribing2021-11-12T12:41:01+00:00
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