This blog from Christiana Melam, CEO of the National Association of Link Workers sets out a compelling argument for recognising the role of social prescribing link workers in responding to the COVID pandemic. If you are interested in finding out more about the organisation and how they support link workers join @nalwuk #LinkWorkerChat on 5th May, 6-7pm to learn more or contribute to discussions. Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic validates the role of Social Prescribing Link Workers Covid19 brought into limelight why we need Social Prescribing Link Workers and how essential their role is. National Association of Link Worker’s members have reported [...]
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In her first blog for NASP, Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard takes a quick look back - and signposts the way ahead for social prescribing. We have a bold ambition. We want to enable people to live the best life they possibly can by supporting them to connect with their community in a meaningful way. It has been a very busy few months for all of us at NASP, as we have worked hard behind the scenes to establish the organisation and create an exciting delivery programme for 2020/21 that will help achieve this. We have been overwhelmed by the generous offers [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]