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 [...]
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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 [...]
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The Government has published a review about the over-prescription of medications in primary care. It found that around 10% of the volume of prescription items dispensed through primary care in England are either inappropriate for that patients’ circumstances and wishes, or could be better served with alternative treatments. James Sanderson, Chief Executive of the National Academy for Social Prescribing, said: We welcome this review, which recommends the wider adoption of social prescribing as an alternative to the prescription of drugs. While medication plays a vital role in the treatment of many conditions, social prescribing has the power to transform health outcomes [...]
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HOME and The Beaney among six nationwide venues confirmed for Art by Post exhibition as the show gets underway in LondonLydia Taylor2021-09-20T16:41:53+01:00
Credits (L-R): Art by Post exhibition SC – CR Thierry Bal; Art by Post participant - CR Robert Darch; Art by Post bus and billboard campaign - CR Robert Darch, Kate Elliott, Eoin Carey Art by Post: Of Home and Hope launches today at Southbank Centre before touring nationwide for five months to showcase the power of art and culture on health and wellbeing Creative responses from over 4,500 Art by Post participants have been selected and carefully curated for this one-of-a-kind exhibition Social prescribing link workers referred people to Art by Post during the lockdown – and Art by Post [...]
Following the success of the first round of the National Academy for Social Prescribing’s Learning Together programme, which saw nearly 400 individuals and organisations involved, we’re delighted to announce that the second cohort is now open for applications. Learning Together is a flexible programme of regional learning and development activities for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups and organisations supporting their communities’ needs through delivery of social prescribing activities. The programme offers a tailored learning package that is delivered in a series of online workshops and virtual peer-to-peer learning sessions organised regionally, (known as action learning sets), as well as [...]
Join Thriving Communities and the Southbank Centre for a participatory online workshop exploring their free creative project resources to coincide with the opening of their Art by Post exhibition: Of Home and Hope at the Royal Festival Hall. This free online workshop will take place on Tuesday 21 Sept, 3-4pm. What is Art by Post? Art by Post is the Southbank Centre’s landmark national Covid-19 response initiative. Since May 2020 the Southbank Centre has sent over 40,000 creative activity booklets through the letterboxes of over 4,500 people living with one or more long term health conditions. Participants are supported to explore [...]
The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) was established to advance social prescribing. Today it has published its first annual report, covering the year to 31 March 2021. James Sanderson, Chief Executive of NASP, said: “This year has been extremely challenging for those working in social prescribing, however, I am enormously proud of the support they have provided to communities. Much of our work this year has sought to support, champion and promote this work, such as though our flagship Thriving Communities programme, and the establishment of our regional leads. “Looking ahead, we look forward to the development of our innovation [...]