21/11/2023 Announcing the new Social Prescribing Senior Advisors

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) is delighted to welcome of three new Social Prescribing Senior Advisors, each bringing a high level of experience in system change management and integrating social prescribing in health systems and the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors.

Louise Dore has had a career in local government, working in services for vulnerable adults, young people and families. Most recently she has worked in commissioning and developing partnerships to improve outcomes for some of the most marginalised members of society: those with multiple issues, such as addiction, illness, disabilities, domestic abuse, homelessness and involvement with crime. She is most proud of securing Sheffield’s place in the national Changing Futures programme, bringing a multi-million pound investment which aims to transform the system into a person-centred approach.

Jules Ford joins us from her previous role as Senior Lead for Social Prescribing at NHS England. With a professional background in mental health nursing, Jules has worked as a clinician and operational manager both in the UK and overseas. She also has extensive commissioning experience in both NHS and local authority contexts. As the lead commissioner for social prescribing and cultural commissioning in an integrated care system (ICS), Jules co-produced whole system social prescribing models including for secondary care and clinical pathways. She has a particular interest in how social prescribing can support people with a range of long term health conditions. Jules also founded a social enterprise offering creative health interventions and consultancy and is a keen collaborator with the VCSE sector.

Emma Munro is a trained nurse with a background in intensive care and cancer nursing, working at University College Hospital London (UCLH) and the Royal Marsden. She has also worked as the Clinical Editor at the Nursing Times. Recently, Emma was Head of Nursing for research at University Hospital Southampton leading and managing a team of 300 research staff and was elected as first Chair of the Royal College of Nursing committee for clinical research nurses before her post in the National Outpatient Recovery and Transformation programme at NHS England. Emma was Implementation Lead for the SE Region eyecare electronic referral system and led on patient experience of Specialist Advice and Guidance. Emma is also a two time recipient of a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholarship.

NASP are fully committed to supporting Integrated Care Boards, Integrated Care Systems and Primary Care Networks to realise the full value of mature social prescribing.

If you would like you to get in contact to see how our team can support you with strategic development, please get in touch, [email protected]


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