James Sanderson delivered the keynote speech at The Social Prescribing Show

James Sanderson, CEO of NASP

After three years seconded part-time to the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP), James Sanderson is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer as he takes up a larger portfolio at NHS England. He will continue to work with NASP in a strategic advisory role from October.

James was instrumental in establishing NASP in 2019 and in growing it into the organisation it is today. Under his leadership, the charity has developed its Thriving Communities and Accelerating Innovation programmes, formed the Global Social Prescribing Alliance and launched an evidence programme that is key to determining the future direction of social prescribing.

James said:

“This has been a massively difficult decision for me. The passion I have for social prescribing and the love and commitment I have for NASP is huge. However, this feels like the right time for the organisation to have a full-time CEO, who can bring fresh ideas and help the organisation grow and develop.

“NASP has a strong future and the success achieved by the organisation across all our programmes has the ability to change lives and establish social prescribing as a major plank of health policy. This success is down to the dedication, hard work and unfaltering commitment of our amazing staff and partners.”

Prof. Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of NASP’s Board of Trustees, said:

“James has done incredible work setting up NASP and growing it into the thriving charity it is today, and we’re hugely grateful for all that he has achieved. We’re also delighted that he will continue to work with us in an advisory role, maintaining our very close relationship with NHS England.

“James will of course continue to be at forefront of delivering NHS England’s groundbreaking social prescribing programme, and will continue to be a key voice in the future of healthcare, ensuring that we help people across the country to lead the best lives they can.”

NASP’s Board of Trustees will begin the recruitment process imminently and will announce a timeline in due course.