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North West Social Prescribing Network Conference 2018

  • Gujarat Hindu Society Centre South Meadow Lane Preston PR1 8JN United Kingdom (map)

This is a free conference for anyone who wants to be involved in shaping the future of social prescribing. 

Following a sequence of successful conferences and events across the North West, there is a growing movement across the region to position social prescribing as a cornerstone for creating good health and wellbeing. 

This event will build this work by bringing together people from health, local government and voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors to continue the conversation, explore the benefits of social prescribing and plan how to spread social prescribing. 

Who should attend?

The event will be of interest to clinical commissioning groups, public health, voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, general practitioners, academics, community groups, community organisers and other key stakeholders. 

Why should you attend?

The event and workshops will be participative and will help build the case for social prescribing by sharing emerging best practice and learning.

The day will provide opportunities to learn about the latest national and local impact evidence, consider ways that we can mainstream social prescribing in a sustainable way, as well as hearing about NHS England's work to help embed social prescribing into daily practice. 

What will you gain from attending?

  • Enhanced understanding and knowledge of social prescribing 

  • You will be able to contribute to the development of the North West regional social prescribing network

  • Share good practice and generate new ideas

  • Hear about different methods of measuring impact and project evaluation

  • Gather the latest national and regional evidence

  • Identify steps needed to set up a social prescribing scheme, including the role of coordinators and operational issues

  • Understand how to commission and fund social prescribing projects in the context of diminishing financial resources


There will be opportunities to participate in two interactive workshops at this event to share experiences and learn with others. The workshop themes will be:

Morning sessions:

  1. Holistic approaches to social prescribing in Pennine Lancashire

  2. STP approaches to arts and social prescribing/creative health working 

  3. GP’s working with VCSE - Alvanley Family Practice and Starting Point service

Afternoon sessions:

  1. Holistic approaches to social prescribing - developing the Bolton model

  2. Lancashire STP, dental and SP, ACES

  3. Commissioning a VCSE social prescribing programme

North West Social Prescribing Network

When registering for the conference, you can also join the North West Social Prescribing Network. You will receive key information and updates on future developments. You can also join the network on VSNW’s NWSPN registration page.

You can also sign up to the network at any point by emailing

Please note you can unsubscribe from the North West Social Prescribing Network at any point.

Sharing details with other delegates

If you are happy for your contact details to be shared with other delegates after the event please ensure you check the box on registration. You can opt out of sharing your contact details at any point by emailing

There are more details about the guest speakers for the day on our North West Social Prescribing Network Conference 2018 news page.

Reserve your chosen workshops and book tickets at the NHS England Event page.

If you register for this event and are unable to attend please email as soon as possible so the place can be released for someone else.

Questions about this event?

Name: Phoebe Jones


Telephone: 07730 379982