Green Prescribing for sustainable healthcare

How could nature connection for health be integrated into everyday life & into existing clinical pathways? Come and join a big discussion!

Tuesday 22nd June, 12-13.30 BST | Register here

About this event

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.

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.

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 & introduction to the ‘Sustainable Healthcare’ series, generously funded by the Health Foundation

12:10 - Panel Interviews

What is Green Prescribing, why does it matter & how does it fit with social prescribing: Nicola Gitsham, Head of Social Prescribing and Community Approaches, NHS England and Improvement

Experiences of Green Prescribing for mental health & long term conditions: Jacob Krzanowski, Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, and Jenny King, Wild at Heart Project Officer, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

How green prescribing is being scaled up in the UK and why this is important to do now: Sam Alford, Senior Manager, Green Social Prescribing programme, NHS England and Improvement

Systems change to facilitate nature connection, green space use and green prescribing; test and learn site interview: Jane Soothill, Communities and Prevention Officer, Surrey County Council

12:40 Breakout rooms & networking (10 mins)

What work is going on in your local area? How could you integrate nature connection into your community and care pathways?

12:50 Panel Q&A session

13:30 Close

This project is funded through Q, by the Health Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement. You can view more topics of the connecting q locally series, here.