The Social Prescribing awards were launched on 14th March to coincide with International Social Prescribing Day. The awards are a new initiative from the Social Prescribing Network, the College of Medicine and the University of Westminster, and are organised by Chamberlain Dunn.
The winners will be celebrated during the International Social Prescribing Network Conference being held at the University of Westminster on 11 and 12 July 2019.
For the purpose of these awards, social prescribing means a referral from a professional to a link worker and then an onwards referral from the link worker, usually to the voluntary, community or social enterprise sector.
Award for best local project sponsored by Social Farms and Gardens
For this award we are looking for smaller scale, local projects eg across a town, village or locality, that are well underway and helping people in your community. You might like to tell us about any particular challenges you faced in getting it off the ground and how you see it developing.
Award for best larger project sponsored by National Garden Scheme
For this award, we are looking for larger social prescribing projects created to make an impact across, for example, a local authority or clinical commissioning group or Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). You might like to tell us about any particular challenges you faced, the partnerships and relationships you needed to develop and how you are measuring effectiveness.
Innovator of the Year sponsored by South West Academic Health Science Network
We are looking for a person who is a real innovator in social prescribing, who inspires others with their creativity, determination, humour and enthusiasm. It may be that this person has kept on going despite difficult circumstances, or not allowed obstacles to get in the way, or simply that they make things happen and encourage others to do the same. You can put yourself forward or you can nominate someone else.
International Award sponsored by PukkaHerbs
This award seeks to recognise a project or initiative large or small underway anywhere in the world outside the UK. It can be local, regional or national but it should contain elements that are transferable to other countries and health systems.
Award for the Best Nature Based Project in the Year of Green Action sponsored by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
For this late addition to our awards programme we are looking for nature-based projects (large or small, urban or rural) that are helping to support people’s health and wellbeing in your community. You might like to tell us about any particular challenges you faced in getting it started and how you see it developing.
To find out more about the awards and how to enter go to:
http://chamberlaindunn.co.uk/projects/socialprescribingawards/ or keep an eye out on Twitter @SocialPrescrib2 for updates #socialprescribingawards.
Entries are now closed and winners will be announced at the 2nd International Social Prescribing Network Conference on Thursday 11th July 2019.
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