30 November 2022
Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Conference – 23 November 2022
The inaugural Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Conference started with Charlotte O’Hare’s (Let it Go Meditation Teacher) pre-conference Mindfulness workshop – exploring aspects of what Meditation and Mindfulness is, the Neuro endocrine system and how the mind can heal the body.
Siân Brand (Co-Chair, National Social Prescribing Network and Keynote Speaker) via a pre-recorded presentation, described her journey into Social Prescribing, the National Social Prescribing Network, NHS interest, Personalised Care, the role of Primary Care Networks & Link Workers. She highlighted tackling health inequalities and social issues, involving local stakeholders and how trust and collaborative working is needed to secure longer term integrated solutions. Siân recognised the challenges that the VCSE sector face, briefly explaining about the new Integrated Care Systems, the need for sustainable funding, local evidence of success and community involvement.
Tim Houghton (CE, Community First) responded by explaining how together the Community & Voluntary Sector better, supporting thriving and successful organisations that deliver quality services, helping people to be happier and healthier. Tim described how pressures on the NHS are at an all-time high – which needs to be tackled head on. As the VCSE recovers post-Covid, there is a time to refresh and reboot and they will need to do more going forward. He demonstrated how Social Prescribing is becoming more widely known about because it really does work. The opportunity to come together in such large numbers are few and far between so make the most. Tim explained that the conference was about unlocking that potential; the art of the im/possible by harnessing the passion and enthusiasm generating and sharing ideas, constantly innovating.
Anne-Marie Morrison (Health and Wellbeing Manager, NAVCA) introduced the organisation, the VCSE infrastructure, described how a collaborative partnership project can increase the impact of Social Prescribing on patient outcomes. Anne-Marie highlighted some key delivery models, how the VCSE quality assures Social Prescribing and also, accesses information about community assets.
Lena Samuels (Chair, Integrated Care Board Hampshire & IoW) explained the purpose of an Integrated Care System, shared the vision and structure, highlighted Hampshire’s population profile, feedback from system partners, the Integrated Care Board membership and Strategic Plan. Lena finished with a Case Study from No Limits, followed by a short Q&A.
Joshua Ryan (Head of Thriving Communities, NASP) via a pre-recorded presentation, described the Thriving Communities Network and Fund. He then showed how ‘Learning Together’ is co-produced and what the Ideas Hubs and Webinars deliver. Joshua covered the impact of numbers and evidence in a report that was published in October 2022 evaluating the Thriving Communities Fund.
Workshop 1 – Tackling Health Inequalities
Fran White, Strategic Lead for Partnerships, Strategy and Transformation Team, Hampshire & IoW Integrated Care Board and Esther Watts, SE Regional Lead for Social Prescribing
Workshop 2 – Social Prescribing Health & Wellbeing – Impact and Evaluation
Dr Andrew Sibley and Dr Ruth Barker, Wessex Academic Health Science Network.
Workshop 3 – Sources of Social Prescribing and Health & Wellbeing Funding
Rob Stead, Commissioning Manager, Hampshire County Council, Tim Houghton, CE Community First, Emma Dovener, Programme Manager, Children & Young People, Energise Me
Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Member Responses
NHSE Social Prescriber – Stacie Gofton, Social Prescribing Link Worker, Havant & Waterlooville Primary Care Network (included a short video). Stacie introduced the Park Community School video with a brief description of how the project started, who was involved, and what the impact has been for those involved.
Home and Well – Rob Thompson, Advice Services Manager, Citizens Advice Portsmouth (included a short video). Rob began by introducing Citizens Advice and its Home and Well wrap-around project that supports vulnerable people in fuel, food and other social needs countywide.
Regeneration – Energise Me – Helen Fisher, Head of Health and Strategy introduced Regeneration and University Hospital Southampton – Sarah Shameti, Youth Service Lead – (included a pre-recorded testimonial) illustrated the impact of living with a long-term health condition, the PEEER Youth Service and the steps involved with ensuring a positive impact for the Regeneration Project.
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