About the conference

This is the 3rd international event for the Social Prescribing Network and is the only international conference for social prescribing in the world. We are building on a reputation for providing well organised, informative conferences with a range of speakers, learning opportunities and networking. This event will run over two days and will be held online, with every effort made to maintain opportunities for networking. We will also have some satellite events around the main conference.

What is the conference theme?

The Social Prescribing Network Steering Committee have decided to use this conference to shine a light on the role of community in social prescribing and to reflect on the role of social prescribing throughout and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. We will explore what ‘great’ social prescribing looks like, how social prescribing is addressing the wider determinants of health and inequalities. Social Prescribing has been spreading around the world and we look forward to hearing from a range of countries.

What is the format of the conference?

The conference will be provided as an online event. Tickets will enable delegates to attend all scheduled sessions on the 4th and 5th March 2021 and any satellite events which may take place before and after the main conference. There will also be a range of digital content available to delegates for several weeks after the conference.

There will be a mixture of plenary sessions, concurrent workshops and research workshop presentations, interspersed with networking opportunities. We will have a virtual exhibitors hall and a virtual research poster room.

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

Day 1: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

Day 2: Dr Kate Mulligan, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Winner of the Best International Social Prescribing Scheme 2018.

Our concurrent workshop will cover the following areas

  • Social prescribing that supports community development
  • Culture, Arts and Health in Social prescribing
  • Social Prescribing for people Not in Employment, Education or Training
  • Seed and the Community – the role of green prescribing
  • Social prescribing for Carers
  • The role of Digital in Social Prescribing
  • Social Prescribing for Early Years, Children and Young People.
  • How does social prescribing support the housing sector and the homeless?

Who should attend this conference?

The conference is aimed at anyone, from anywhere in the world who has a role in social prescribing or is interested in setting social prescribing up – from providers of social prescribing activities and service users, through to the commissioners of services and everyone in between. The content is provided to facilitate collaboration and learning from colleagues in other social prescribing roles and sectors. The conference is international and delegates from all countries around the world are welcomed and encouraged to attend.