Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference 2019, "Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for the Dementias"

Thu May 16 2019 at 09:30 am to 05:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, United Kingdom

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, United Kingdom

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The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, calls for social prescribing for dementias:“We should value the arts for not only bringing meaning and dignity to our lives, but for their power to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It’s scientifically proven. Access to the arts and social activities improves people’s mental and physical health. It makes us happier and healthier,” he declared at the Social Prescribing Conference and World Dementia Council summit, highlighting A4D’s programme at Southbank National Poetry Library as an effective intervention. 

Through social prescription, a personalised integrated health and social care process, GP surgeries collaborate with link workers to refer patients to a range of local non-clinical services, that that through their chosen interests - arts and heritage, psycho-social interventions and group learning - they can guide their own health and social care needs.

The Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference 2019, "Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementias", will be introduced by Baroness Greengross, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, with Dr James Sanderson, Head of Personalised Care at NHS England, Charles Alessi, Dementia Lead at Public Health England, Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care UK, and Janet Morrison, CEO of Independent Age, heading the Plenary Debate.

Dr Daisy Fancourt and the neuropsychologist Professor Sebastian Crutch, will present evidence of the efficacy of artistic stimulation to preserve function and connectedness in the community and arts for health, and Dr Michael Dixon, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHS England will present the process and value of prescribing arts as pre and post-diagnostic support for dementias. The afternoon will be devoted to arts organisations and their prescribers. Professor Helen Chatterjee will guide evaluation of SP projects for dementias. 

A volunteer creative befriender consortium, ArtsPALs, will be launched to support social prescribing for individuals.

Full programme will follow in the new year. Earlybird tickets available now, until 31 January 2019


Veronica Franklin Gould

Conference Director and President, Arts 4 Dementia

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