This conference was a collaboration between the SW Social Prescribing Network, SW Public Health Network and the Campaign to End Loneliness. It was chaired by Dr Richard Kimberlee UWE and SW Social Prescribing Network Lead.

The programme

Item and presenter * slides and film of presentation available on links below
Introductions Dr Richard Kimberlee

(UWE and South West SPN lead)

Dr Kellie Payne

(End Loneliness Campaign)

Overview- what does the evidence say about social prescribing?

SPN review for NHS England and where the Network is today

Marie Polley (University of Westminster and

Co-chair of the Social Prescribing Network) *

Evidence from Social Prescribing. What would the research into social prescribing say to the Campaign about the utility of social prescribing to address loneliness? Marcello Bertotti

(University of East London) *


Extent of SP in South West

Looking at the evidence from our recent review


Ulrike Harrower (Public Health England) *

Andrew Netherton (Public Health England) *

Jo Gajtowska (South West Academic Health Science Network) *

What is developing in the future? New social prescribing initiatives in the South West.



SPEAR Social Prescribing Initiative – Collette Brown Southmead Development Trust *

Digital Algorithims – Angus Hughes *

The view from NHS England – Bev Taylor  NHS England *

Tenovus Cancer Care Sing With Us Choir with Paul Rothwell
Social Prescribing Voices: What it has meant to me and what it will mean in the future.

*slides only



 Service User  – Arabella

Practitioner  – David Martin (Wellspring Healthy Living Centre)

GP – Rupert Manley

Macmillan Nurse – Catherine Neck

Workshops to identify action points going forward:


Plenary * Film only


What should the Campaign’s research agenda look like?  – Kellie Payne

Social prescribing practitioners: Moving forward  – Gary Deighton

‘Social Prescribing: A Public Health Perspective’ – Clare Laker

Issues for Commissioners – Jules Ford,

Ulrike Harrower, Andy Netherton

Closing remarks and Reflections


Michael Dixon Chair of SPN, NHS England Champion, South West, GP

Film footage of keynote speakers

Presentations can be found in the Downloads section


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