So where does social prescribing go from here?

2021-04-16T08:48:54+01:00

Tim Anfilogoff is Head of Community Resilience at Herts Valleys CCG, and our Social Prescribing Regional Lead for the East of England. Here he looks at the crucial role of social prescribing in responding to COVID-19 and the lessons learnt for the future. “It’s been an incredible year”, says Gina, a social prescribing link worker in Hertfordshire. “I’m lucky to belong to an extended team who made hundreds of shielding calls, followed up patients needing support and received referrals from surgeries too:  230 this year which is amazing!” In the words of the Royal College of General Practitioners (General Practice in a Post-COVID World, 2020): ‘The [...]

So where does social prescribing go from here?2021-04-16T08:48:54+01:00

Supporting Financial Wellbeing through ‘Thriving Communities’

2021-03-24T14:49:50+00:00

To mark Social Prescribing Day, Sir Hector Sants, Chair of the Money and Pensions Service reflects on their work with partners to support financial wellbeing through social prescribing  During the last year the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) has been delighted to collaborate with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) on the new Thriving Communities Programme. The growth and investment in NHS social prescribing services, supporting wider person-centred needs alongside access to health services, resonates strongly with our work.  As the body of government responsible for providing guidance and help to people to – as our vision statement says – [...]

Supporting Financial Wellbeing through ‘Thriving Communities’2021-03-24T14:49:50+00:00

Celebrating Social Prescribing Day – 18 March 2021

2021-03-12T16:41:39+00:00

  Taking place on Thursday 18 March 2021, this year's Social Prescribing Day will celebrate the thousands of people and projects helping to maintain the health of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. There's lots of ways to get involved in Social Prescribing Day: Share your story Whether you've set up a project or if you know someone who's benefitted from a face to face or online social prescribing iniative during the pandemic, share your story and let us know how social prescribing has help us stay connected, healthy and engaged Make it social Use #SocialPrescribingDay to share your message on [...]

Celebrating Social Prescribing Day – 18 March 20212021-03-12T16:41:39+00:00

The healing power of heritage – opportunities to release the benefits through social prescribing

2021-04-09T15:28:02+01:00

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead on historic environment at the National Academy for Social Prescribing, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In her final blog of a series of three, she talks about the opportunities to release the potential of the historic environment through social prescribing. In my role as the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP)’s national lead for the historic environment, I am currently working with the team to find the best ways to utilise the power of heritage for wellbeing through social prescribing. This builds [...]

The healing power of heritage – opportunities to release the benefits through social prescribing2021-04-09T15:28:02+01:00

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – a series of small steps

2021-03-05T10:44:57+00:00

As we head into spring, Dr Radha Modgil, GP, broadcaster, author and Social Prescribing Ambassador reflects on what steps we can make to improve our wellbeing, and what key 3 ingredients go into social prescribing. In her final blog in a series of 3, she reflects on the power of small steps…. In my first blog in this series, I talked about how, when we see that someone has made improvements to their life, we often forget about  all the steps they took, the time they dedicated and the journey they have been on. We think it’s been a giant leap [...]

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – a series of small steps2021-03-05T10:44:57+00:00

The healing power of heritage – how can we demonstrate the benefits?

2021-04-09T15:28:53+01:00

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead for the Historic Environment at NASP, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In her second blog of a series of three, she reflects on the benefits of engaging with our historic environment, and the evidence behind this. There is a growing body of research that is proving how heritage benefits people’s wellbeing. Heritage and Society (2019), produced by Historic England as part of the Heritage Counts series, showed that engaging with or living near heritage is associated with higher life satisfaction and quality [...]

The healing power of heritage – how can we demonstrate the benefits?2021-04-09T15:28:53+01:00

“Delivering a social revolution in health and wellbeing”  – Global Social Prescribing Alliance

2021-02-25T14:43:30+00:00

"Delivering a social revolution in health and wellbeing" Global Social Prescribing Alliance (GSPA)  Thriving Together SDG3 Good Health & Wellbeing WHIS, UNGSII, NASP, WHO   A global health alliance dedicated to raising awareness of social prescribing by forming alliances, working with others and sharing innovative approaches to “enable thriving communities to deliver a social revolution in their health and wellbeing while generating value”. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has pushed the world’s health systems, health workforce (we face a 18m shortfall by 2030 BMJ), social and political systems to their limits, and sometimes beyond. It has also exposed underlying health inequality and [...]

“Delivering a social revolution in health and wellbeing”  – Global Social Prescribing Alliance2021-02-25T14:43:30+00:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing is seeking new Trustees

2021-03-29T10:32:21+01:00

We are looking for Trustees who will bring a wealth of skills and experiences to compliment the existing board. In particular we are looking for individuals who are able to bring knowledge in the following areas: A financial background to undertake a focused role as Treasurer Commercial experience Local government experience and links to public sector delivery Extensive charity and/or voluntary sector experience We are especially keen to welcome applications across a diverse set of backgrounds.  Read here for more information. Applications have now closed.

The National Academy for Social Prescribing is seeking new Trustees2021-03-29T10:32:21+01:00

The Healing Power of Heritage

2021-04-09T14:43:03+01:00

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead for the Historic Environment at National Academy for Social Prescribing, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In this first blog of a series of three, she shows us how our historic environment can help us be healthy, feel good and stay positive. In these bleak winter days of isolation, we need more than hope to maintain our strength, perseverance and humanity. We need inspiration. One of the unexpected consequences of the current pandemic is that people connected more with their local heritage during [...]

The Healing Power of Heritage2021-04-09T14:43:03+01:00

Link worker guides: musical social prescriptions

2021-02-18T09:37:12+00:00

Two new guides are leading the way in showing link workers how to use music as part of a social prescription when working with people living with dementia. Music for Dementia have produced a comprehensive Link Worker Guides, with our support. These guides explain how link workers can assess music needs and signpost people to music-based activities and services. While they are primarily written for link workers, they will also provide an insight into the subject for people who are assigned a link worker, as well as their carers and family members. The full-length guide includes a wealth of information, including: details of [...]

Link worker guides: musical social prescriptions2021-02-18T09:37:12+00:00
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