Global Social Prescribing: Arts for Brain Health, Tuesday 6 December 2022

In partnership with the Global Social Prescribing Alliance

The uplifting power of cultural and creative activity nurtures our resilience in the community.

Social prescribing to creative, cultural and social activity in the natural environment revitalises and empowers to individuals and their loved ones to combat loneliness, pain and fear and to preserve their brain health, nurturing their sense of identity, of belonging and resilience for years longer.

Our Global Social Prescribing Arts for Brain Health Conference introduces debates between international leaders in social prescribing on the pathway in each nation, on student champion schemes to instil arts prescribing into practice for brain health for students at the outset of their careers and cross sector partnership funding models for sustainability

Following opening keynotes from leading figures in culture health and wellbeing, social prescribing and the NHS personalised care, Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca and the GSPA development team introduce the global social prescribing map and developments around the world. With Sian Brand, co-chair of the Social Prescribing Network, chairs talks on SP developments in Australia, Singapore and Portugal; and Alexandra Coulter, Director of the National Centre for Creative Health chairs the Arts on Prescription pathway in Italy, Austria and Canada. Finally, Tim Anfilogoff, co-founder of the Social Prescribing Network, chairs the funding arts on prescription debated between policy-makers at NHS Charities Together, Arts Council England and the Head of Thriving Communities at the National Academy for Social Prescribing.

AGENDA Global Social Prescribing – Arts for Brain Health Conference, Tuesday 6 December 2022, 2 – 5 pm GMT


2 pm Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia, introduces messages from

CHAIR Michael Dooley, Treasurer, The College of Medicine

  • James Sanderson, Director of Community Health and Personalised Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement (on introduction of SPLW as patients’ direct pathway from GP, via SPLW to empowering choice of A.R.T.S. prescription.
  • Dr Daisy Fancourt, Director, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Arts and Health.

2.40 pm GLOBAL SOCIAL PRESCRIBING, chair: Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca

  • Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, GSPA Development lead and founder of the Global Social Prescribing Champion scheme. Medical/neuroscience/social care and arts students interacting with participants for lived experience of arts for brain health.
  • Hamaad Khan, Social prescribing development in 23 countries, advances and barriers.
  • Ronald BennettA4D drama participant and Veronica Franklin Gould, A4D Arts prescription for Brain Health workshop model.


  • AUSTRALIA Sian Slade, Melbourne School of Population Health, Australia.
  • SINGAPORE Professor Kheng Hock Lee, Director, Office of Community Engagement & Education (OCEAN), SingHealth Community Hospitals, Singapore.
  • PORTUGAL Professor Sonia Dias, Coordinator of Public Health Research Centre at NOVA National School of Public Health. Professor at NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal and Dr Maria Marques.

3.30 pm ARTS ON PRESCRIPTION PATHWAY, chair Alexandra Coulter, Director, National Centre for Creative Health. Advances and barriers, champion involvement, arts prescription funding.

4 pm FUNDING SUSTAINABLE ARTS PRESCRIPTION PROGRAMMES, chair, Tim Anfilogoff, Head of Community Resilience for Herts Valley CCG; NHS Social Prescribing Network Steering Group Member

4.50 Veronica, A4D, thanks, Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, CLOSE

The webinar series is produced in partnership with Sir Muir Gray of the Optimal Ageing Programme at the University of Oxford and with Arts 4 Dementia.