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Priorities for delivering social prescribing - progress, integration, funding, scaling up, and helping meet the challenges of COVID-19 recovery

TO BE PUBLISHED September 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss priorities and next steps for the delivery of social prescribing - with a particular focus on its role in recovery from the pandemic.

The discussion takes place in the context of:

  • the NHS Long Term Plan citing personalised care and the development of social prescribing as key ambitions
  • the introduction of the Health and Care Bill, with measures to support delivery of the Long Term Plan, and enable all aspects of the health and care system to work more closely together, as well as supporting the integrated delivery of care closer to home

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss how social prescribing can meet increased demand, and support community health in the recovery from the pandemic - following increased funding and workforce recruitment during the response to COVID-19, intended to tackle loneliness and health inequalities.

Key areas for discussion:

  • progress - assessing the delivery of social prescribing so far, integration with primary care, and the key priorities for scaling up provision
  • next steps and funding priorities - what is needed to enable social prescribing to meet increased demand from the pandemic and to scale up effectively
  • learning from the pandemic - the delivery of social prescribing through the health emergency, and its role in supporting community health in the UK’s recovery
  • workforce development - continuing the momentum in developing the skills of those working in social prescribing, so as to meet demand and long-term ambitions
  • service development - utilising the NHS estate, maximising opportunities for holistic community care, and building partnerships
  • quality and evaluation - developing the evidence base and best practice, and measuring effectiveness


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Defra; the Department of Health and Social Care; and the National Audit Office. Also due to attend are representatives from Arts 4 Dementia; Canal & River Trust; Compton Care Group; Dacorum Borough Council; Mayden; Nursing, Midwifery, and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit; Performing Medicine; Re-engage; Red Zebra Community Solutions; Royal Voluntary Service; Shropshire Council; Social Enterprise Kent; Society and College of Radiographers; Swiss Re; Thanet Health; The Heritage Crafts Association; University of Liverpool; University of Plymouth; University of South Wales; University of Surrey; whg; and Worcestershire Association of Carers.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, and senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, CCGs, local government, the independent and third sectors, patient and community groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed, as well as academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles