3rd International Social Prescribing Network Conference

'Social prescribing & community - beyond the pandemic'

4th-5th March, Online, GMT
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Thank you to our sponsors & supporters, The College of Medicine, Share and Care Homeshare, The University of Salford, NHS England and The National Academy for Social Prescribing.

You can find details about our upcoming conference below.  For all further queries please email spnc@salford.ac.uk.

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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.  

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 people sharing their experiences from a range of countries.

Conference format

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.

Speakers & topics

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?

The conference is aimed at anyone, from anywhere in the world who has a role in social prescribing or is interested in developing social prescribing - 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.

How to book

We have kept ticket prices as low as we can to enable access for as many people as possible.   Full price tickets are £80; VCSE and faith organisations £35; Students and beneficiaries of social prescribing £10.  Your ticket gives access to satellite events associated with this conference as well as the main 2 day event.  Please use this link to book your tickets.  Please note, all our conferences have sold out at least 2 months in advance and we are expecting high demand for this conference.  For further information or queries, or to request payment by invoice, please email spnc@salford.ac.uk

Exhibiting & sponsoring at the conference

We welcome exhibitors to our conference and we will be hosting a virtual exhibition space enabling exhibitors to reach the global social prescribing market.  Please contact Vicky at spnc@salford.ac.uk for further information.

We welcome organisations to support the conference with sponsorship.  Sponsorship packages can be discussed on request.  Please email Vicky using   spnc@salford.ac.uk for further information

Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to visit our exhibitors The Social Prescribing Youth Network, Barnardo's, Parents 1st UK & Meaningful Measures in our virtual exhibitions hall.

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Social Prescribing Network Awards

 We are delighted to be partnering with Chamberlain Dunn once again to bring you the online  Social Prescribing Network Awards, on the evening of March 4th 2021.  The awards will be launched in early November 2020 and a ticket to the conference gives attendance at the awards event as well. For more information about the awards or sponsoring an award, please email Ali@Chamberdunn.co.uk

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