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Green Prescribing: from policy to practice

How could nature connection for health be integrated into existing clinical pathways to improve the quality of care? This event explores taking the policy of green prescribing and embedding it in practice.

22 Jun 2021
12:00 – 13:30


Good relationships with others, ourselves and the natural environment as well as a sense of purpose are fundamental elements of good health.

The pandemic has led to many discovering the health and wellbeing benefits of being in nature, noticing, connecting with, and stewarding/caring for the natural world, and there is a strong evidence base to support this lived experience of millions of people.

How can we capture the power of the natural world to support the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health of each person and the population as a whole, helping to prevent illness? And how can we steward and care for the ecosystems that we rely on so that they are sustained as they sustain us?

The concept of ‘green prescribing’ has been offered as a solution and a national policy published in the last 12 months to set the agenda in this area.

For the second of the ‘Sustainable Healthcare’ event series from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, come and find out how some of the selected ‘test and learn’ pilot sites are starting to translate this policy into practice and consider what action you might take in your workplace to integrate nature connection into your community and care pathways.

Our expert speakers are:
Nic Gitsham, Head of Social Prescribing for NHS England and Improvement
Sam Alford, Senior Manager, Green Social Prescribing Programme, Personalised Care Group, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Jacob Krzanowski, Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust on the Green Walking Project
Jenny King, Wild at Heart Project Officer, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
Jane Soothill, Communities and Prevention Officer, Surrey County Council

This event will be of interest to a broad range of groups including those delivering in transformation and quality improvement in the NHS, healthcare professionals, councils, nature partnerships, link workers/social prescribers, other voluntary sector organisations & community groups, NHS Estates professionals, ecologists, schools, those working in planning and development, landowners with a vision to use land for the public good.

Draft agenda:
12:00 Welcome and introduction to the series
12:10 Discussion with expert panel
12:40 Breakout rooms and networking
12:50 Panel Q and A session
13:30 Close