Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
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Next steps for social prescribing in England - commissioning, scaling up, and supporting community and vulnerable groups

TO BE PUBLISHED October 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will which will assess the progress and next steps in rolling out social prescribing across England.

Key areas for discussion:

  • The role of social prescribing and social prescribing link workers in the response to COVID-19 with NHS England outlining guidance aimed at increasing social prescribing link work capacity to support people at the highest risk during COVID-19 incident and mobilise local community networks;
  • How social prescribing has adapted during the pandemic - through the use of technology and other innovative approaches to support mental and physical health;
  • Looking beyond the COVID-19 crisis, how the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) should approach its goals in:
    • improving and standardising the quality and range of social prescriptions available to patients across the country;
    • championing the benefits of social prescribing by building and promoting the evidence base;
    • developing and sharing best practice, as well as look at new models and sources of funding;
    • bringing together all partners from health, housing and local government with arts, culture and sporting organisations to maximise the role of social prescribing; and
    • the development of training and accreditations across sectors;
  • Assessing progress in meeting commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan to expand social prescribing across England, in the context of wider key areas of focus laid out in the plan, including:
    • reducing health inequalities;
    • delivering community based care; and
    • increasing local accessibility.
  • The challenges and practicalities of all local health and care systems having social prescribing schemes in place by 2023; and
  • The impact of the 23 social prescribing projects in England that received a share of £4.5m from the first round of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Health and Wellbeing Fund.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

It takes place with:

The agenda:

  • Assessing the progress of rolling out social prescribing in England and the sector response to COVID-19;
  • Developing the social prescribing workforce - integration and training;
  • The role of social prescribing link workers as part of a Primary Care Network in the COVID-19 response;
  • Commissioning of social prescription and implementation of personalised care - supporting mental and physical health in local communities;
  • Assessing effectiveness and quality - evaluation of outcomes and next steps for developing the evidence base;
  • Promotion, community support, patient engagement, and delivery of social prescription;
    • the voluntary sector as a community asset and in supporting vulnerable at-risk groups,
    • putting prescription into practice - the referral process and partnership with service providers,
    • The role of technology and innovation in social prescribing during the COVID-19 Pandemic and in facilitating self-management of care, and
    • Collaborative Practice: a sustainable approach to Social Prescribing,
    • scaling up innovation and supporting best practice.
  • Long-term goals for establishing best practice, scaling up and the sourcing and allocation of funding.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This one looks to be no different. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates