UK conference

1st ever Social Prescribing Link Worker success conference
Theme: The glue in health and social care

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8th July 2019, City Hall London #linkworkerday19 #GlueInHSC

(FULLY booked for in person attendance but live streaming is available)

What is the purpose of the 1st ever annual national link worker success conference?
To show case and validate the link worker profession
To bring link workers up to date on recent developments in professional practice
To provide opportunity for national peer learning, sharing best practices and networking
To raise link workers ambition and give them a greater sense of their future

Who should attend:
Social prescribing link workers in the UK
Social prescribing link worker line managers in the UK

Primary care networks

Existing and future social prescribing schemes

Conference programme

9:30 Registration with tea/coffee/biscuits and networking

10:00am Opening & welcome from the Chair
Wayne Farah

10:05am Ice breaker/speed networking

10:15am Panel session

Inaugural national social prescribing link worker success conference: background and context
Christiana Melam-CEO National Association of Link Workers

Using cross sector collaboration to enable communities take back control: best practices
Giles Wilmore-Associate Lead: People & communities at Greater Manchester Health & Social Care partnership

National policy: Universal personalised care & the important role of link workers
James Sanderson, Director Personalised Care at NHS England

A GP’s social prescribing story: link workers transformative effect
Dr Marie-Anne Essam – GP & social prescribing ambassador for the Herts and West Essex STP

Population health approach: Lessons from primary care home exemplar
Dr Nav Chana- Primary Care Home Clinical Director at National Association of Primary Care

Framework for delivery: Primary care networks: enabling general practice to deliver holistic services to patients
Dr Nikita Kanani- GP & Director of Primary Care at NHS England

10:45 Panel session Q & A

11:30 Coffee break

11:45 Keynote address
Why social prescribing should not go out of fashion? lessons from the creation of the NHS
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE– CEO Turning Point

12:00 Plenary session

Making music accessible to everyone in the UK living with Dementia by 2020 campaign
Grace Meadows-Programme Director at Music for Dementia 2020

Harnessing the potential of arts and culture in social prescribing
John McMahon-National lead for health and wellbeing at Arts Council England

The power of sports in social prescribing
Joe Lyons- CEO West Ham United Foundation

12:15 Plenary session Q & A

12:30 Lunch, networking & fun

1:15 Storytelling session

Social prescribing link worker show cases: sharing & learning
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust: Life Rooms
Merton Voluntary Service Council
Newham community prescription

1:35 Story telling session Q & A

2:00 Social prescribing link worker professional practice
Christiana Melam- CEO National Association of Link Workers

2:10 World café session
1. Training & support
2. Evaluating impact
3. Tackling isolation and loneliness
4. Working with community groups
5. Dealing with deprivation

3:00 Feedback & discussions

3:30 Next steps, evaluation and close

How can I get FREE tickets, access to conference materials or live streaming?
This conference is by invitation only and FREE to attend for our members (FULLY booked for in person attendance but live streaming is available)

If you are a current or future social prescribing scheme you can become our PRO member to get access to the conference materials and live streaming

NB: attending the conference adds to your evidence of continuous professional development and a certificate of attendance will be issued.

The conference coincides with National social prescribing link worker day