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Social prescribing and the arts

Have you heard of Social Prescribing and want to know where the arts fit?

Date: 15 January 2020, 10:00 - , 16:00

  • Have you heard of Social Prescribing and want to know where the arts fit?
  • Are you interested in setting up an Arts on Prescription programme and want to know who to partner with and how to get it off the ground?
  • Are you already delivering Arts on Prescription and want to improve and grow your programme?

Arts on Prescription forms part of the Social Prescribing model whereby GPs, nurses and other care workers refer people to a range of community-based, non-clinical services as a way of addressing their health and wellbeing needs in a holistic way.

Social prescribing schemes often involve a variety of activities – volunteering, community education, gardening, healthy eating, exercise – usually provided by the voluntary sector.

This workshop will focus on the role the arts play within Social Prescribing.

  • We will look at how Social Prescribing and Arts on Prescription fit within wider health and care policy including NHS Wales’ A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care.
  • We will examine the evidence base in order to better understand how Arts on Prescription is being used to address specific health and wellbeing needs.
  • Through a series of Case Studies, we will look at how Arts on Prescription works in order to better understand the opportunities and the challenges of setting up a new project.

The day will be led by Jane Willis, Director of arts in health consultancy Willis Newson. A pioneer of the arts and health field, Jane founded Vital Arts, the arts programme for Bart’s Health NHS Trust, in 1994. Since then, she has worked with more than 32 NHS Trusts and Health Boards, as well as with universities, galleries, museums and health leaders such as The Kings Fund and The Royal Society of Public Health to produce award-winning arts, health and wellbeing programmes.

She is particularly interested in developing creative solutions to strategic health needs and in supporting skills development within the sector.

Jane has evaluated Arts on Prescription programmes across the UK and recently worked with North Bristol NHS Trust to devise and evaluate Fresh Arts on Referral, thought to be the first Arts on Prescription programme in a hospital setting.

£70 organisations, £35 freelance practitioners

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WAHWN, the Wales Arts Health & Well-being Network, is coordinated by Engage Cymru with funding from the Arts Council of Wales.


Engage Cymru : Celf o Gwmpas, Tremont Road, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5EB LD1 5EB

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