North West Social Prescribing Network Conference 2018

Join us at this free conference for anyone who wants to be involved in shaping the future of social prescribing in the North West.

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.

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Gujarat Hindu Society Centre, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JN, United Kingdom

Key note addresses from the following:


  • Dr Simon Abrams: a Liverpool GP who is convinced all GP practices should be focusing on wider determinants of health. He will explore, ‘How do GP surgeries become holistic centres for health and wellbeing.’

  • Dr Tim Greenway, Royal College of GP’s North West Champion: will explore the relationship between personalised care and social prescribing

  • Warren Escadale, CEO of VSNW and the NW SP Network Co-Chair: will consider ambitions for the regional social prescribing network and local strategic approaches to voluntary , community and social enterprise (VCSE) engagement

  • Dr Michelle Howarth: will examine the Shape of Social Prescribing - lessons from Greater Manchester mapping and the next steps



  • Dr Claire Stevens, dental consultant and the President of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry: will reflect on how the seemingly intractable number of North West dental cavities and tooth extractions for under fives provides a measure of the devastating impact of health inequalities for the most vulnerable members of society - our children. But can social prescribing provide a solution?

  • Jo Ward, the regional social prescribing co-chair: will provide an update on the development of regional social prescribing commitments for Women’s and Children’s services post-NHS Maternity Vanguard; arguing a Best Start is pivotal in any wellbeing strategy as health inequalities won’t be impacted without addressing the social gradient in children’s access to positive early experiences

  • Dave Sweeney, Executive Implementation Lead, Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnerships (STP): why we need more than medicine to drive wellbeing and recovery. As the commissioner for the Halton Cultural Manifesto for Wellbeing he will explain why cultural resources are a key element of community wellbeing


Throughout the day we will host a compelling programme of workshops in the morning and afternoon ranging from:

  • An insight into the Blackburn Ways to Well-being project which supports people facing severe and multiple disadvantages to improve their well-being, and become community volunteers through the support of peer mentors

  • An exploration of a dynamic partnership between a family focused , forward-thinking GP surgery and an amazing and imaginative community enterprise in Stockport which together helps make a self-fulfilling prophecy for wellbeing

  • A introduction to an international research project which has generated free resources to support community integration and the promotion of health literacy, through focusing on the pivotal role of language skills (ESOL) for both mums and babies, whilst boosting attachment and bonding, all the while having an eye on perinatal mental health

  • A commissioner’s perspective on why funding social prescribing in a voluntary and community context is important


And more practical examples of the value added from a ‘more than medicine’ agenda in terms of the skills and resources to deliver wellbeing.

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

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.


Name: Phoebe Jones


Telephone: 07730 379982