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The future of social prescribing in England – commissioning, demonstrating quality and next steps for policy

March 26 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Dr Michael Dixon, National Clinical Lead, Social Prescribing, NHS England; Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network and Chairman, College of Medicine

Bev Taylor, Senior Manager, Personalised Care, NHS England and

Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive, SANE

Please note there is a charge for most delegates (upto £230 + VAT), although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions – see below).

This seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the future for social prescribing in England with sessions focusing on commissioning, demonstrating quality, learning from best practice and the next steps for policy.

The conference takes place with plans to develop social prescribing as part of a holistic approach to prevention announced by the Secretary of State within his priorities for the health and social care system – and with it being one of the 10 high impact actions within the GP Five Year Forward View.

 Attendees will discuss the potential and challenges for increasing take up of social prescribing and how best to measure its success.

 In light of the recent announcement of government funding for a range of social prescribing schemes across England we also expect delegates to assess the effectiveness and sustainability of social prescriptions, the challenges for quality assurance, and what more can be done to ensure equity of access.

 Sessions in the agenda include:

  • Assessing where we are now – policy and delivery priorities for social prescribing in England;
  • How best to improve the commissioning of social prescribing – with discussion on funding, integration and engaging with STPs;
  • Defining and demonstrating quality – demonstrating standards, evidence and assurance;
  • Social prescribing in practice – delivery, patient experience and application to mental health wellbeing; and
  • Case studies from across England and Scotland on developing personalised approaches to care.

A regularly updated draft agenda is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Health Forum. Follow @WHFEvents for live updates.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please contact Michael Ryan at Westminster Health forum (01344 864 796 | [email protected]) as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies).


March 26
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Central London


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