Thriving Communities Fund: supporting communities through challenging times

2022-01-17T10:07:30+00:00

During a challenging couple of years, where many individuals and communities have been facing tough times, those working in social prescribing have really demonstrated their value and impact by changing lives – in small ways and big ways. The 36 social prescribing projects funded by the Thriving Communities Fund (from National Academy for Social Prescribing and Arts Council England, Historic England and Natural England, NHS England and Improvement, Sport England, the Money and Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together) have delivered innovative and varied activities and programmes that are making a real difference to people’s lives. From walking football to aerial [...]

Thriving Communities Fund: supporting communities through challenging times2022-01-17T10:07:30+00:00

Social Prescribing Link Workers- we need you!

2022-01-13T11:57:25+00:00

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 [...]

Social Prescribing Link Workers- we need you!2022-01-13T11:57:25+00:00

NASP Chair Helen Stokes-Lampard made a Dame in New Year’s Honours

2022-01-01T09:54:30+00:00

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 [...]

NASP Chair Helen Stokes-Lampard made a Dame in New Year’s Honours2022-01-01T09:54:30+00:00

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

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

Social prescribing helps individuals connect to their communities for better mental health

2021-10-05T16:29:31+01:00

World Mental Health Day 2021 on Sunday 10 October The theme is ‘Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality’ Social prescribing focuses on ‘what matters to me’ and involves social prescribing link workers spending time with a person, and getting to understand their individual needs Social prescribing link workers and other healthcare professionals are helping people and patients improve their health by prescribing access to activities in their community COVID-19 has shown us all how important mental health is. The World Health Organisation who coordinate World Mental Health Day every year are calling on countries around the world [...]

Social prescribing helps individuals connect to their communities for better mental health2021-10-05T16:29:31+01:00

NASP welcomes review on over-prescription of medication in primary care

2021-09-22T10:01:02+01:00

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 [...]

NASP welcomes review on over-prescription of medication in primary care2021-09-22T10:01:02+01:00

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2021-09-22T10:55:03+01:00

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Medical disclaimer2021-09-22T10:55:03+01:00

HOME and The Beaney among six nationwide venues confirmed for Art by Post exhibition as the show gets underway in London

2021-09-20T16:41:53+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 [...]

HOME and The Beaney among six nationwide venues confirmed for Art by Post exhibition as the show gets underway in London2021-09-20T16:41:53+01:00

Apply for Learning Together – our development programme for community organisations

2021-09-14T09:43:55+01:00

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 [...]

Apply for Learning Together – our development programme for community organisations2021-09-14T09:43:55+01:00
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