Marie is a freelance research consultant, past Chair of the British Society for Integrative Oncology, trained as a biomedical scientist and has a PhD in molecular carcinogenesis. Marie led the team to write the first national guidance for social prescribing, the first economic overview of social prescribing on health service usage and recently mapped all outcomes associated with social prescribing to support discussion on inclusive ways of researching and evaluating this growing field. Marie provides advice to senior leaders, Members of Parliament and the House of Lords, key stakeholders, researchers and organisations in this field.
For the past 14 years, Marie has researched and taught about approaches to integrating different paradigms of health and wellbeing, in her role as Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences and Research at the University of Westminster.
Marie is also Co-Director of Meaningful Measures which licences the person-centred outcome measures MYMOP® and MYCaW® and supports many organisations to capture the full impact of their social prescribing and personalised care schemes.
Marie is also a Usui Reiki Master, a voluntary youth worker for her local church, loves getting out in nature and when near the sea will willingly jump on a surfboard and (attempt to) catch some waves.
Michael has held numerous national leadership roles including: - The first Chair of NHS Alliance (1998-2016), President of NHS Clinical Commissioners and as a leader within the GP/clinical commissioning movement. He is currently Chair of the College of Medicine, Chair of The Institute for Social Prescription and Medical Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales. He is Visiting Professor at University College London and at the University of Westminster, a Senior Fellow in Public Policy (University of Birmingham) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Peninsula Medical School Exeter). He is author of “Time to Heal” Unicorn Press Nov. 2020.
Sonya initially trained as a Physiotherapist at the University of Southampton and has worked in NHS & private setting both in the UK & abroad. Having a keen interest in holistic and preventative health care, she went on to complete a degree in Western Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster and volunteering with the College of Medicine Student Strategy Group which lead to her working with the Social Prescribing Network after graduation.
Sonya works independently as a medical herbalist and nutritional therapist, as well as being a guest lecturer at the University of Westminster and Betonica school of herbal medicine.
The Social Prescribing Network has been an opportunity for Sonya to contribute to meaningful changes in how healthcare is delivered & work towards addressing health inequalities on a larger scale than she has been able to as an individual practitioner.
Alyson is the founder and Director of Altogether Better, an NHS national network organization who offer solutions to the challenges and problems the NHS is facing. Working closely with practices and PCNs, Altogether Better help staff to work alongside volunteer Practice Health Champions as part of a new extended team. This work involves supporting staff to develop the skills, mindset and culture needed to tackle the problems medicine alone cannot fix. Alyson was voted by the HSJ as one of the top 50 inspirational women leaders in the NHS and was awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year's Honours List for services to Collaborative Practice and Service Development in the NHS.
She has over 30 years’ experience working in a range of roles in the public, private and voluntary sector which meet the health and well -being needs of patients, people and communities. She has over 9 years board level experience. Alyson is a founding member of the National Social Prescribing Steering Group. She believes a sustainable solution to the challenges faced by the NHS lies in improving the quality of our relationship with people in communities by tapping into the kindness and generosity of people in communities to work alongside people in health services.
Jane is the North East & North Cumbria (NENC) Social Prescribing Facilitator working with NHSE to support the development and embedding of social prescribing across the North East & North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS). She is also the NASP Thriving Communities Programme Co-ordinator for North East & Yorkshire Region.
Jane has many years of experience working in the North East England voluntary sector primarily with a focus on health & wellbeing. She led on the development of award-winning north-east charity: Pioneering Care Partnership and their healthy living centre: the Pioneering Care Centre. She is now the Health & Wellbeing Lead and former Chief Executive of VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) the regional infrastructure body supporting the voluntary sector. Through her role with VONNE, she is leading the NENC voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) sector Leadership Programme, part of an NHS England & Improvement funded programme to support the VCSE to have a greater voice and influence within the Integrated Care Systems (ICS).
Jane is also Vice Chair of Ways to Wellness, the Social Impact Bond funded Social Prescribing Programme targeting people with long term health conditions in Newcastle West. She is a Trustee of Greggs Foundation and sits on their Grants Sub Committee, and Northern Heartlands CIO engaging and supporting disadvantaged communities through the arts primarily in the Durham Dales area.
Debs is an advocate of creativity in health following her own remarkable journey. Having being in the mental health system for most of her life and heavily dependent on medication it took an art class to totally transform her life. She has been medication free for over 10 years and out of services for nearly 6 years. She advocates creativity as an additional service to improve wellbeing and offering hope and aspiration. She has completed a MSc in mental health recovery and social Inclusion. Debs is a Trustee at the National Centre for Creative Health as well as a member of the Social Prescribing Network and Social Prescribing Academy.
Debs often does talks on her journey and this has taken her to the NHS Expo and as far as the WHO in Helsinki. She has a passion to promote everyone having a voice and a choice in their own care, something she felt lacked in her own journey. Debs believes everyone has something to bring to the table, even if it is just themselves.
Prior to joining the national anti-youth poverty charity, StreetGames, in 2008, Paul spent twenty years running an outdoor education charity then four years working on Physical Activity Policy at the Department of Health & Social Care. He has been Vice Chair of the World Health Organisation’s Healthy City Partnership in Brighton & Hove, and a Director of Brighton Carnival. He has also worked for Sport England and the Arts Council on physical activity. He holds a Masters Degree in NGO Management. In 2017, Paul founded the Social Prescribing Youth Network that now has 884 members across the UK.
Jo is an experienced Public Health Consultant, from the NHS/Local Government. Since working independently she has held roles covering system transformation, diagnostics, peer review, quality improvement, public health, service re-design, programme delivery, and the creation of new service and team models. She thrives in an environment requiring change, is able to think to the future but can ground national policy into local action by influencing and working with multiple partners. She has managed complex projects and uses transformational change models to achieve change. She has highly developed facilitation skills and has worked as a trainer with Eurohealthnet, a respected European Public Health Network, is trained in quality improvement methodology, as a peer reviewer with LGID and is on the voluntary register for public health. She believes passionately in working with early years and schools settings as one of main areas to improve health and wellbeing for children.
Tim joined the steering group of the National Social Prescribing (SP) Network in January 2016 having developed the Community Navigator service in West Herts in 2014. He co-authored Making Sense of Social Prescribing in 2017 and is NHSE/I SP Facilitator for the East of England and co-chair of the Core Group of the Thriving Communities programme of the National Academy for SP. In 2018, with Dr Marie-Anne Essam he provided mentoring to the Alliance of Ontario Community Health Centres who went on to win the first international social prescribing award in 2019.
Tim has worked on the carers’ agenda for over thirty years, in the voluntary sector, in social care, for the Department of Health (managing the national carers’ strategy 1999-2001) and most recently for the NHS as Head of Community Resilience for the two Herts CCGs.
A carer himself, Tim is a trustee of Carers UK and speaks nationally and internationally on carers and SP. Tim also serves on the Economic and Social Research Council Advisory Board on Sustainable Care. A recent podcast on how social prescribing can help family carers is available here: CARE MATTERS podcast: Dan Williamson and Tim Anfilogoff (shef.ac.uk)
I have been supporting the development of social prescribing in the South East Region for many years through commissioning and delivering social prescribing projects and facilitating networks. Recently having two associate roles Regional Social Prescribing Facilitator and Social Prescribing Learning Coordinator and work as part of the Regional Personalised Care and the NHSE&I Social Prescribing teams.
In recent years I have provided leadership in developing Wellbeing Hubs and social prescribing. I am particularly enjoyed my work to improve the lives of people living with dementia and creating the Crawley Dementia Alliance and the award-winning Dementia Friendly Crawley Programme.
I am committed to improving health and wellbeing in communities and have managed innovative approaches using action research methods to develop social prescribing programmes. I have a special interest in health psychology and social prescribing.
Having completed an MSc in Health Psychology passing with distinction and winning the British Psychological Society Health Psychology Division prize for an MSc Dissertation which explored the lived experience of being diagnosed with dementia I continue to maintain a keen interest in this area of research.
In addition to my work in the South East Region I am the Oxfordshire Training Hub Lead for their exciting new programme to develop comprehensive support and training and development for social prescribing link workers and also a member of the National Social Prescribing Network Committee.