Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for social prescribing in England

April 2019

This conference discussed the next steps for social prescribing in England - with sessions focusing on community-based personalised care, demonstrating quality, learning from best practice and the next steps for policy.

It took place with the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to expand social prescribing across England, focusing on reducing health inequalities, delivering community-based care and increasing local accessibility. It also followed the publication of Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model, which sets out initiatives to support the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Delegates considered the preparations that will need to be made to realise the aim of more than 900,000 people being referred through social prescribing in 5 years-time - including widening the range of support available across England, the recruitment and training of link workers within primary care networks, and the development of joint working with local groups and support services.

Attendees also considered the next steps for improving prevention whilst also helping to address overprescribing - with the Government’s review looking at how alternative forms of treatment can be utilised to provide better tailored healthcare.

The agenda also looked at delivering social prescribing in practice including opportunities for collaboration with the third sector, businesses, local authorities and the NHS to ensure value for money, quality and equity of access.

Further sessions considered the impact of government funding for a range of social prescribing schemes across England and priorities for utilising additional funding of £4.5m within the NHS Long Term Plan for primary and community-based care over the next five years.

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