Student Champions spread the word about social prescribing

2022-06-17T17:43:34+01:00

We are delighted to welcome a new committee of 23 students to the National Social Prescribing Student Champions Scheme.  The Scheme was set up by medical students in 2016. Since then, more than 350 Champions have engaged with over 20,000 medical students, allied healthcare professionals, young doctors and trainees, spreading the word about social prescribing and helping to ensure that it is part of the curricula at universities across the UK.  We have supported the scheme since our formation as a charity, alongside NHS England and Improvement, the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine.  We offer bursaries to 23 [...]

Student Champions spread the word about social prescribing2022-06-17T17:43:34+01:00

How do you deliver a volunteering programme, with wellbeing at its centre?

2022-06-08T15:36:31+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Royal Voluntary Service have published a guide to supportive volunteering for volunteer organisations . Yesterday, the National Academy for Social Prescribing [NASP] and the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) have published a guide to supportive volunteering for volunteer organisations called: ‘7 steps to wellbeing through volunteering: How to link to social prescribing’[1]. With volunteering associated with a raft of health and wellbeing benefits, including reduced loneliness and improved mental health [2], it is clear that well designed, supportive volunteering roles have a key part to play in social prescribing delivery. However, it is [...]

How do you deliver a volunteering programme, with wellbeing at its centre?2022-06-08T15:36:31+01:00

Dementia, Music and Social Prescribing

2022-05-19T15:51:46+01:00

National Lead for Older People at NASP - Emily Cousins - explains why NASP are starting a fund for grassroots music for dementia projects. This week in May (16th to the 22nd) is Dementia Action Week. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people living with dementia – in care homes and in the community - and it is now more vital than ever that individuals and families receive the care and support they need. The majority of us will be affected by dementia, in some form, in our lifetime. Research suggests as many as 91% [1]. Whether we [...]

Dementia, Music and Social Prescribing2022-05-19T15:51:46+01:00

New funding to be made available for dementia projects harnessing the ‘Power of Music’

2022-04-27T14:26:31+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing plans to launch a new investment partnership supporting grassroots music for dementia projects, kickstarted by a £1 million donation by the Utley Foundation. The National Academy for Social Prescribing [NASP] has announced plans for a new funding programme with money to be made available for projects that provide musical activities for people living with dementia. As the UK-wide champions of ‘social prescribing’, NASP is proud to be leading this project in partnership with The Utley Foundation, which funds the Music for Dementia campaign and which has announced a £1 million donation to kickstart the investment [...]

New funding to be made available for dementia projects harnessing the ‘Power of Music’2022-04-27T14:26:31+01:00

Art by Post featured in Google Arts and Culture

2022-03-31T16:33:10+01:00

NASP's partnership with The Southbank Centre has been featured by Google Arts and Culture on the Arts + Health & Wellbeing hub. Find out more Hear from inspiring individuals involved in the life changing Art by Post project about how creativity has positively impacted their wellbeing, and explore the exhibition, partnerships and participants' experiences through a new lens. Art in an Envelope At the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown, Southbank Centre created Art by Post to engage those most isolated by social distancing measures, with a particular emphasis on reaching older adults living with dementia and other chronic health conditions. [...]

Art by Post featured in Google Arts and Culture2022-03-31T16:33:10+01:00

“Social prescribing can provide a global revolution in healthcare”

2022-03-18T11:00:57+00:00

We look back at highlights from the first annual Social Prescribing Show. On 4th March, we were delighted to welcome people working across the health, arts and voluntary sectors to our first Social Prescribing Show at the SouthBank Centre. The Show marked the start of Social Prescribing Week, a series of events, activities and launches leading up to Social Prescribing Day on 10th March. The Show explored a wide range of initiatives, spotlighting the impact social prescribing is having on communities and on our healthcare networks. There were panels on the importance of supporting link workers and discussions around [...]

“Social prescribing can provide a global revolution in healthcare”2022-03-18T11:00:57+00:00

Social prescribing programme can reduce pressure on primary care – new evidence

2022-03-10T09:28:41+00:00

New evidence reviews by NASP’s Academic Partners suggest that social prescribing has a wide range of positive outcomes, can reduce pressure on primary care and save costs for the NHS. We commissioned our academic partners – a collaboration between seven institutions with expertise in social prescribing research – to complete a series of evidence reviews on key themes related to social prescribing, including on outcomes and the economic impact. Their reviews suggest that social prescribing can reduce pressure on Primary Care, including GPs, and save costs. They also highlight evidence that social prescribing can have a positive impact on a very [...]

Social prescribing programme can reduce pressure on primary care – new evidence2022-03-10T09:28:41+00:00

NHS reform vision focuses on personalised care

2022-03-08T17:05:00+00:00

Sajid Javid, the Health and Social Care Secretary, has set out his vision for long-term NHS reform, including an expansion of personalised care. He announced an ambition that four million people would be able to access personalised care by 2024, covering everything from social prescribing to support plans. Responding to the speech, Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing, said: Prof Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard “We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to expanding the NHS investment in social prescribing in today’s speech. There are a wide range of factors that affect our health and [...]

NHS reform vision focuses on personalised care2022-03-08T17:05:00+00:00

Social Prescribing Link Workers- we need you!

2022-02-11T14:47:30+00:00

Calling all link workers – we want to hear your story! As part of our ongoing work promoting social prescribing, we are gathering case studies to help us illustrate the positive impact your work has on patients and the healthcare system at large. They will be shared with health leaders, commissioners, primary care staff and other link workers, among others, to demonstrate the crucial role that social prescribing can play. The case studies need to demonstrate the four main themes outlined below: IMPACT: Can you use your experience to explain how the link worker role functions and how it fits into a multidisciplinary [...]

Social Prescribing Link Workers- we need you!2022-02-11T14:47:30+00:00

NASP responds to Elective Care Recovery Plan

2022-02-08T18:01:15+00:00

The NHS and government have set out their Elective Care Recovery Plan to address backlogs built up during the COVID pandemic and tackle long waits for care. The Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care is also intended to give patients greater control over their own health and offer greater choice of where to get care if they are waiting too long for treatment. Jim Burt, Programmes Director for the National Academy for Social Prescribing, said: “As we face the ongoing impact of the pandemic, reducing waiting lists for non-urgent procedures will be a huge challenge for the NHS. [...]

NASP responds to Elective Care Recovery Plan2022-02-08T18:01:15+00:00
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