This event is now fully booked, please email Meghan mcordery@rsph.org.uk for a place on the waiting list.

A one-day collaborative conference supported by the Wellcome Trust, the UKRI MARCH Network, the Social Prescribing Network and the Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Join us for an exciting day of presentations and discussions aimed at advancing our understanding of the impact and value of offering the arts on prescription as part of social prescribing in the UK.

The conference will include the presentation of new research emerging from the “Arts, Society and Public Health” programme funded by the Wellcome Trust, which is using population-level data to analyse the benefits of arts, culture and heritage engagement on the prevention and management of physical and mental health conditions.

Delegates will also have an opportunity to hear from arts organisations delivering arts on prescription programmes across the UK and take part in discussions on collaborative opportunities for the expansion of social prescribing. 

Keynote talks and breakout sessions include:

  • Presentation of new population-level data on the longitudinal benefits of the arts 
  • Overview of the outcomes associated with social prescribing
  • Case studies of effective arts on prescription programmes 
  • Provocations on future opportunities for delivering and measuring the benefits of arts on prescription
  • Panel discussions on how we can grow arts on prescription in the UK

Attendance is worth 5 CPD credits for delegates.


9.30am       Registration

10.00am     Opening: James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England

10.15am     Keynote 1: Dr Daisy Fancourt – How could arts on prescription support health in the UK? Longitudinal analyses and simulated experiments using cohort data

11.15am      Keynote 2: Dr Marie Polley – What’s in it for me? Understanding the outcomes of social prescribing beyond health

11.45am      Refreshment break

12.00pm      Breakout session 1: Arts on prescription in practice (presentations and discussion)

  • Breakout 1: Children and Young People: Melodies for Mums | Effervescent | Hoot Creative Arts/Arts & Minds
  • Breakout 2: Mental Health: Bristol Arts on Referral| Word/Play | Fresh Art
  • Breakout 3: Older adults: ArtLink Stirling| Strokestra| Dance for Parkinson’s

1.00pm        Lunch

1.45pm        Provocation talks: Future opportunities for arts on prescription

  • Quality Assurance: Craig Lister, The Conservation Volunteers/Green Gym
  • Health Economics: Richard Kimberlee, UWE
  • Data: Martin Cattermole, NHS England
  • Lived Experience

3.00pm        Refreshment break

3.20pm        Group discussion: How we can grow arts on prescription

4.20pm        Closing remarks

4.30pm        Networking

5.30pm        Finish


Programme, timings and speakers are subject to change.

Who should attend

This event is now fully booked, please email Meghan mcordery@rsph.org.uk for a place on the waiting list.

This conference welcomes GPs, healthcare professionals, commissioners, policy-makers and third-sector organisations interested in social prescribing.

It will provide essential knowledge on the latest research, case studies of effective practice and opportunities to discuss opportunities and how to overcome barriers to implementing arts on prescription programmes.