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TCV are delighted to co-sponsor the first international academic conference on social prescribing on 14th June, in conjunction with the University of Westminster, the Social Prescribing Network and the University of Salford (UoS).

Social prescribing recognises how social, economic and environmental factors affect people’s health, where medication alone is unlikely to provide a sustainable improvement. It connects patients with support in their local community to help address their health issues holistically and give them greater control of their own health and wellbeing.

TCV’s Green Gym programme, now in its 20th year, is already part of the social prescribing approach, reflecting its positive impact on both physical health and mental wellbeing.

1st International Social Prescribing Network Research Conference

The conference will take place on 14th June 2018 at Chapman Building, the University of Salford and focus on the challenges and opportunities for Research in Social Prescribing.

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This inaugural conference aims to bring this research community together in one place for the first time in order to identify priority research areas and develop the evidence base with a common research framework.

The interest in developing new social prescribing schemes is growing quickly. It is, therefore, more important than ever to understand how social prescribing works, when and for whom and TCV is delighted to co-sponsor this conference.

Social prescribing: coming of age

Social prescribing continues to rise up both health and political agendas, providing clear potential to support person-centred, asset-based approaches to support individual and community resilience.

The first international academic conference on social prescribing takes place Tuesday 6 November 2018 and will consider the current evidence and clarify the research questions that still need to be answered on an international level. This conference will create priorities that will inform the international research community, funders and commissioners.

The conference is oversubscribed with interest from health, social care, statutory, voluntary and academic sectors. The University of Salford is proud to host this event in collaboration with the Social Prescribing Network, TCV - the community volunteering charity, the Mayor of London and the University of Westminster.

The past five years have seen a significant increase in interest, and delivery of social prescribing initiatives, within the UK and internationally. This has been accompanied by considerable research and evaluation activity on social prescribing from both practice and academia.

Social prescribing: coming of age