Greengross A4D Global Arts for Brain Health Changemaker – Social Prescribing Champions – Conversation, 14 Mar 24

International Social Prescribing Champions: Thursday 14 March 5-630 pm GMT

To celebrate Social Prescribing Day, the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) launches their champion scheme report Seven Years On! at the Greengross A4D International Arts for Brain Health Changemakers SOCIAL PRESCRIBING CHAMPIONS Conversation, co-chaired by Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca Clinical Lead and Global Director of the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP), and Hamaad Khan, Global Development Officer of NASP. 

The Social Prescribing Champion scheme enables healthcare students – the generation of today, and the future leaders of tomorrow, to raise awareness of social prescribing and practice a biopsychosocial model of health in education.

Healthcare students represent an untapped asset that can build the foundation of a brighter future. As access to social prescribing differs around world, speakers will bring insights from Canada, the USA, Singapore and Australia and the UK.

Who for?

If you are a healthcare student, or you study or work in the arts for health sector, or are keen for deeper involvement in social prescribing, international pathways that enable people to access inspirational cultural and creative opportunities to preserve their brain health, to acquire early understanding as medical, neuroscience and social care students, learn how social prescribing to arts from the onset of dementia symptoms can enable people to live their best lives for longer together in communities around the world.


H O S T:  Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia

C O – C H A I RS : Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Clinical Lead and Global Director of the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and Hamaad Khan, Global Development Officer of NASP

Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca launches the Seven Years On report.

P A N E L ‘The Role of the Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme, Chair: Hamaad Khan

P A N E L In conversation with UK Social Prescribing Student Champions, Chair: Hamaad Khan

P A N E L In conversation with International Social Prescribing Student Champions, Chair: Hamaad Khan

Q&A with Bogdan Chiva Giurca and Hamaad Khan

Veronica thanks and close at 6.30 pm GMT


CHARLOTTE OSBORN-FORDE, CEO of The National Academy for Social Prescribing, leads partnerships across arts, health, sports, and the environment to enhance national and local wellbeing. Formerly CEO of Involve Kent for 11 years, she transformed it into a key health services provider, aiding over 30,000 annually. A pioneer in social prescribing, she expanded its reach from 5 to 102 GP practices in Kent and Medway. With 18 years in the voluntary sector, she focuses on volunteer development, mental health, and health inequality. She remains dedicated to supporting disadvantaged communities and addressing issues of stigma, poverty, and trauma. Charlotte also lectures on social prescribing at Kent and Medway Medical School.

NICOLA GITSAM With over 15 years of experience, currently serves as the Head of Healthcare Inequalities, Improvement, and Personalisation at NHS England, leading strategy, policy, and delivery support to achieve NHS Long Term Plan targets. She previously held roles such as Head of Personalised Care, overseeing national demonstrator programmes and regional integration efforts. Prior to her NHS tenure, Nicola directed impactful initiatives like the Preparing for Adulthood programme, aiding disabled youth in achieving independence. She has also contributed significantly to government policy, particularly in social care and disability employment pathways. In her earlier roles, Nicola facilitated the implementation of Valuing People policies across regions and spearheaded person-centred approaches in various organisations. With a strong track record in healthcare transformation and community inclusion, Nicola continues to champion personalised care and social prescribing, aiming to enhance healthcare outcomes nationwide.KIRSTIE GOODCHILD serves as the evidence lead for the Social Prescribing Student Champions scheme. A University of Cambridge graduate with a first-class degree in Biological Natural Sciences (Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour), Kirstie is currently a postgraduate student in Occupational Therapy at the University of East 

KIRSTIE GOODCHILD serves as the evidence lead for the Social Prescribing Student Champions scheme. A University of Cambridge graduate with a first-class degree in Biological Natural Sciences (Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour), Kirstie is currently a postgraduate student in Occupational Therapy at the University of East Anglia. 

NAABIL KHAN, an award-winning medical student, is Student Champion Global Lead, recognised for her multifaceted contributions to healthcare and advocacy. As the creator of the podcast ‘Very Junior Doctors’ and founder of the website Skin For All, Naabil demonstrates a commitment to amplifying diverse voices and promoting inclusivity in medicine. Her dedication to equity in healthcare drives her advocacy efforts, with a focus on diversifying medical education and fostering public engagement in healthcare issues. Naabil’s passion for global health underscores her desire to create a more inclusive and diverse healthcare landscape worldwide. Her impact is evident in her work to promote representation and diversity in medicine, as showcased in media outlets such as the BBC, The Independent, and UK AID NAM. Naabil’s upcoming appearances on platforms like the Doctor (BMA) and Expose further solidify her influence in shaping healthcare discourse.

ALEXANDRA TAN, Social Prescribing Student Champion,Social Media Lead, is a fifth-year medical student at Imperial College London. She is a rising force in healthcare advocacy and innovation. Pursuing her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Imperial College London, Alexandra has garnered accolades such as the Distinction for Medical Sciences in 2021, the Highly Commended Award for Community Action Project in 2022, and a Merit Award in the same year. With a profound interest in women’s health, oncology, surgery, med/surgtech, and digital health, Alexandra is committed to reshaping healthcare through interdisciplinary collaboration and technological advancement. Beyond her academic pursuits, Alexandra actively champions inclusivity and diversity within the medical field, striving to amplify underrepresented voices and bridge gaps in healthcare delivery. Alexandra’s dedication to healthcare transformation is evident, marking her as a promising figure in the future of medicine.

MADDIE MAIER founded and chairs the US Social Prescribing Student Collective, encouraging student engagement in social prescribing efforts nationwide. She is actively involved in initiatives promoting social prescribing and community well-being. As an undergraduate researcher in the Wagers Lab, she contributes to research projects. Madeline leads the Harvard Undergraduate Initiative of Students for Social Prescribing, advocating for its integration into Harvard’s activities.

ESHA AHMAD President of the Harvard Global Education Movement and Wellness Educator, also serves as Secretary of the Pakistani Student Association. A resident of Winthrop concentrating in Neuroscience (Mind, Brain, and Behaviour) with a secondary in Global Health & Health Policy and a Spanish citation, Esha’s diverse background shapes her commitment to inclusivity and student empowerment. Born in Pakistan and raised in Italy, she advocates for diversity and aims to empower students from all backgrounds. Esha is dedicated to challenging current medical systems to become more equitable and empathy-driven. Additionally, she leads the Harvard Undergraduate initiative for social prescribing, emphasising the importance of holistic healthcare approaches.

LE-TIEN DUONG MPH, co-lead of the Canadian Social Prescribing Student Collective, is a PhD candidate in Health Policy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her interest in social prescribing began several years ago, when she was exploring ways to connect health and social systems. Since then, Le-Tien has become involved in social prescribing through her work with United Way Halton and Hamilton and her dissertation on health systems transformations through community-led social movements.

ABBEY DEGUARA, Co-lead for the AMSA Social Prescribing Student Collective in Australia, is a fourth-year medical student at James Cook University in Queensland. Abbey’s academic achievements include being Dux of College and receiving the Father Bucas Award for excellence. She is also a recipient of the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award and has been nominated for the 7News Young Achiever Award.

VERONICA FRANKLIN GOULD, President, founded the charity Arts 4 Dementia in 2011 to develop weekly programmes at cultural venues, to re-energise and inspire people above early symptoms of dementia, with a website signposting arts opportunities for dementia nationwide. She worked with Dementia UK to devise training for arts facilitators, and with universities to provide best-practice conferences and reports. Her inaugural A4D Reawakening the Mind programme (2012-13) won the London 2012 Inspire Mark and Positive Breakthrough in Mental Health Dementia Award 2013 and she was 2014 Sunday Times Changemaker finalist. On publication of Music Reawakening (2015),Veronica was appointed A4D president. Her regional guide Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage (2017) aligns arts within NHS England’s Well Pathway for Dementia. Her social prescribing campaign (2019-23) encourages professionals to empower people to access wide-ranging arts from the outset of symptoms, to preserve their Brain Health, with practice disseminated in A.R.T.S. for Brain Health: Social Prescribing as Peri-Diagnostic Practice for Dementia (2021). Her Global Social Prescribing: The A4D Arts for Brain Health Debates involved speakers and delegates from 40 countries around the world. Veronica is trustee of The Amber Trust and Vice-President of Decibels (Music for the Deaf) on the advisory boards of the Global Arts in Medicine Fellowships and The British Society for Lifestyle Medicine.