BPS Research Seminar Series 2018: The Social Psychology of Social Prescribing

Seminar 1: Unpacking the relationships between social groups and health

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The Department of Psychology at NTU, London South Bank University, and the University of Winchester will address questions relating to Social Prescribing - concerning how, and for whom, social prescribing works - in a British Psychological Society-funded research seminar series entitled, ‘The Social Psychology of Social Prescribing’.

  • From: Friday 29 June 2018, 9.30 am
  • To: Friday 29 June 2018, 4 pm
  • Registration: 9.30 am
  • Location: Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Friday 22 June 2018, 5.00 pm

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Event details

Social Prescribing is a new method of health service delivery that aims to tackle the health problems associated with isolation by linking at-risk individuals with local community support. It has the potential to produce important health benefits for individuals and communities, however, questions remain concerning how, and for whom, social prescribing works. The Department of Psychology at NTU, London South Bank University, and the University of Winchester will address these questions in a British Psychological Society-funded research seminar series entitled, ‘The Social Psychology of Social Prescribing.’

The first day-long event will take place in NTU on Friday 29 June 2018 and will:

  • Outline how Social Psychology’s existing evidence base on the relationship between social isolation, group memberships, and health can address the knowledge gaps identified by those commissioning and delivering social prescribing services
  • Consider how to promote engagement with social prescribing services among communities and individuals that are at greatest risk of social isolation and marginalisation
  • Discuss the challenges facing organisations involved in social prescribing and the populations they serve

There will be a strong focus on networking and the event will include interactive workshops to identify the key challenges faced by those involved in delivering and/or commissioning social prescribing programmes.

Our keynote speakers include:

Professor Catherine Haslam (School of Psychology, University of Queensland) who will introduce Groups 4 Health, a world-leading, evidence-based social psychological intervention that tackles the distress caused by loneliness by increasing social connectedness

Ms Sarah Collis (CEO Self Help UK) who will discuss the important link between self-help groups and social prescribing to illustrate how such groups can enhance the well-being and self-care of their members.

Funding for these seminars was awarded by the British Psychological Society under its Research Seminars Scheme.

Programme

TimeSession
9.30 am

Registration

10 am

Welcome

Dr Phil Banyard
Head of Department of Psychology, NTU

10.10 am

Introduction to the social psychology of social prescribing

Dr Niamh McNamara
Department of Psychology, NTU

10.30 am
Social prescribing - a new route to self help groups

Ms Sarah Collis
Self Help UK

11 am

Coffee break

11.15 am

Groups 4 Health: The next step in social prescribing

Prof Catherine Haslam
School of Psychology, University of Queensland

12.15 pm

Evaluating social prescribing interventions: Preliminary results from community-based and health facilitator-led programmes

Dr Clifford Stevenson, Dr Iain Wilson, Dr Mhairi Bowe, Dr Juliet Wakefield and Dr Blerina Kellezi
Department of Psychology, NTU

1 pm

Lunch and research showcase

2.15 pm

Round table discussions: Identifying and responding to key challenges to effective social prescribing services

NTU Social Prescribing Team

3.30 pm

Round up and conclusions

4 pm

Event close

Booking information

This event is free to attend. Please book your place using the registration button at the top of this page.

For any questions relating to this event, please contact niamh.mcnamara@ntu.ac.uk.

Location details

Room/Building:

Newton Building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Burton Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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