The whole idea of the Accelerating Innovation Programme is to help you do more in social prescribing. So we’ve been talking to some of you who’ve signed up to the Community of Practice and look forward to getting to know more of you as the programme develops this year. So what have we learnt? First and foremost, there’s a great deal of amazing work already happening. What’s lacking are shared measures of success and methods of evaluating interventions. As a result, it can be difficult to get your projects properly recognised by Link Workers and others in the NHS. Many of [...]
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The National Academy for Social Prescribing is looking to recruit link workers from across the country to help develop new resources. We want to deliver effective and easy to use portfolio resources for Social Prescribing Link Workers, in order to evidence professional development. We would like to recruit 2-5 Social Prescribing Link Workers in each region of England to either test these resources or provide feedback on their function. We estimate that we will need 6-8 hours of your time over the month of testing period, this would include any meetings, testing of materials and feedback. In return, you will receive [...]
1st January 2022 We are delighted that our Chair of Trustees, Helen Stokes-Lampard, has been awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honours list. Helen is a GP Principal, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC, the body representing all Royal Colleges and Faculties), Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and Professor of GP Education. She was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) until November 2019. James Sanderson, our Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to hear that Helen has been awarded a Damehood. This is hugely well [...]
This week Dr. Radha Modgil will discuss loneliness with our guests on this Christmas special episode of Podcast on Prescription. Christmas can be a happy time for some surrounded by family and friends. For others it is not, often exacerbating feelings of loneliness. Our host and guests will discuss the impact that loneliness can have on our mental and physical health and how social prescribing can help alleviate these feelings. Our first guest, Tracey Crouch has been the MP for Chatham and Aylesford since 2010; she became the country's first Minister for Loneliness in 2018. Tracey is a practitioner of mindfulness [...]
This week, Dr. Radha Modgil will be discussing the healing power of heritage with three special guests. Suzannah Lipscomb has endured a varied career. She is a Emeritus Professor at the University of Roehampton and she is a well-known as a broadcast historian too. She has written and presented a plethora of documentaries and series on channel 5, Netflix and the BBC and an award-winning podcast . Furthermore Suzannah is the author of five books, focusing on the sixteenth century. With Dr. Radha, she discusses how heritage can help maintain your mental health. Our second guest, Desi Gradinarova, is the Senior [...]
This week, Dr. Radha will be talking with not one, but two special guests. Dean Asplin from the Angling Trust and Dr Mark Wheeler from iCARP will discuss how angling and social prescribing can improve mental wellbeing. Dean Asplin has worked for the Angling Trust (National Governing Body for Angling) for over 12 years and is responsible for the delivery of the Environment Agency, National Angling Strategic Services contract for the South of England. This involves supporting the delivery of 100’s of ‘Get Fishing’ events that engage approximately 7000 new participants per year. He leads nationally on the ‘Get Fishing for Wellbeing’ [...]
Podcast on Prescription is back and to kick of season 2, Dr. Radha Modgil is joined by the inspirational Tom Watkins, the National Academy for Social Prescribing East of England Thriving Communities Regional Lead from Communities 1st. Tom is a Social Prescribing evangelist. His love of the creative arts inspires his work to this day and he is a real believer that the power of creative thinking can change lives. He discusses in this episode with Dr. Radha, the power of the human story and how social prescribing can help change people's lives for the better. Together they explore how community [...]
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 [...]
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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