NASP webinar 7 March 2022, 3-4pm 

The role of social prescribing in addressing health inequalities 

 

Our health is closely bound with social and economic aspects of our lives: from where we are born, live and work, to our educational opportunities, income and influence. These social factors lead to inequalities in health and wellbeing across different people and communities, both in access to healthcare, and in the opportunities we have to live healthy lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened existing inequalities and thrown a harsh spotlight on the topic once again.  

Community groups, health professionals, and national charities have always been at the heart of tackling inequalities. But what is the role of social prescribing in addressing health inequalities? 

How can the unique position of link workers support people who are affected by inequality? How can local groups use data to focus on the people and communities most at risk? What does the evidence say about who is benefiting from social prescribing and who is missing out? 

To kick-off this important conversation, the National Academy for Social Prescribing presents a webinar which will explore this complex area.  

We heard from:

 

Jemma Gilbert, Director of Transformation, Healthy London Partnership 

 

Rabya Mughal is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Culture and Health Research Group, UCL Division of Biosciences. Her research focusses on the association between arts, nature and health. She is currently working on a series of NHS and Natural England evidence summaries looking at the relationship between the natural environment, arts, heritage, health and wellbeing. For more information please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/culture-and-health-research. 

 

Ben Tinkler, Director at Bridge Creative to talk about the Keeping People Connected project 

 

Chaired by Ingrid Abreu Scherer, Head of Accelerating Innovation in Social Prescribing, National Academy for Social Prescribing