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    The Social Prescribing Show

    Fri 4 Mar, 9am
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    The National Academy for Social Prescribing

    Join the National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Southbank Centre for an informative and inspiring day of sessions and performances.

    The National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Southbank Centre are delighted to present The Social Prescribing Show.

    Chaired by NASP, this event celebrates and champions social prescribing, bringing together expert contributors from a variety of sectors.

    One in five GP appointments are for non-medical reasons such as loneliness or financial worries. Social prescribing connects people to activities in their community that can tackle these issues and benefit health and wellbeing more generally.

    The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) was established in 2019. It works to create partnerships across the arts, health, sports, leisure and the natural environment on a national and community level.

    Light refreshments are provided on arrival and throughout the day, and lunch is available to purchase from the Southbank Centre.

    There are multiple sessions to join over the course of the day:
    Session A: Communicating the Power of People’s Stories
    Session B: Ensuring Adequate Workforce Support for the Delivery of Social Prescribing
    Session C: Accelerating Innovation through Social Prescribing Partnerships
    Session D: Building a Global Social Prescribing Movement
    Session E: Unleashing the Power of Local Communities

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    Dates & times

    9am - 6.30pm


    • Standard entryFree, but ticketed

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