Social Prescribing UnCo

Feedback, pics, presentations and resources from Social Prescribing UnCo 2019

Social Prescribing UnCo, Manchester, 2019

Catch up on all the activity from the world’s first ever Social Prescribing UnCo.

Wow! What a day! Our feet have just about touched the ground since returning home to Derry after our first, and certainly not our last, Social Prescribing Unco in Manchester. The energy in the room was contagious, the speakers were inspiring and informative, and the delegates were engaged, energised and eager to network, learn and celebrate social prescribing. Our delegates led the agenda for UnCo and we couldn’t have asked for a better day, in a better community venue and as one of our delegates said ‘it’s nice to know we’re in this together”.


A huge thank you to our compere John Loughton, who had delegates laughing out loud due to his quick wit and ability to wake up a room through participation in an off-the-cuff dance routine. John took delegates on a journey through his life from when he was a young boy where his honest, endearing and emotional life story captured the hearts of delegates and set the scene for inspiration and established a shared vision for improving lives through social prescribing.


Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester,  took to the stage as our morning keynote, and talked about promoting people’s health over health services,  how the third sector needs more support and how we should all champion social prescribing and lead by example for Manchester.



Delegates then split up into our morning Seminar Sessions with;


Giles Wilmore, Associate Lead, People in Communities, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, who presented tips on how to start or scale your social prescribing strategy and then invited delegates to partake in a practical session with a step-by-step guide on starting and scaling social prescribing.


Cathy Connolly, CEO at Care Merseyside, presented to a packed room on evidence building, demonstrating impact and shared examples of the incredible social prescribing work currently being done by Care Merseyside.


Mohan Sekeram, GP & Social prescriber preacher at Wide Way Medical, shared his tips on how to get the buy-in from others for social prescribing and expanded on his popular mantra ‘Don’t medicalise, socialise’.


After lunch we welcomed the charismatic Jenny Chapman, Group Director of Innovation and Excellence at ForHousing, who demonstrated how to best collaborate in community based care and work in partnership to enhance health and wellbeing for residents.



Our afternoon Seminar Sessions kicked off with:


Bronagh Cooper, Link Worker at Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, who gave an insight into her job role as a social prescribing link worker and hosted a group activity on how to write a link worker job description.


Fiona Linehan, Operational Nurse Manager at Hawthorne Practice hosted a session on personalised resettlement pathways through social prescribing in prison care.


Our final Seminar Session was hosted by none other than our very own Co-founders and Co CEOs Jennifer Neff and Leeann Monk-Ozgul who explored the benefits of digital in social prescribing and demonstrated how technology can help to evidence impact and outcomes.


A huge thank you to everyone who attended, presented and helped us to create an event that celebrated social prescribing in the way that you wanted! We are most definitely ‘in this together’ and we can’t wait to get everyone together again next year! Here’s a round-up of Social Prescribing UnCo 2019.

Perfectly captured moments

From the setup of UnCo to the closing moments, Tangerine Photography captured the very essence and energy of UnCo perfectly. Flick through our Flickr album below for a visual run-through.

Social Prescribing UnCo

inspiring presentations

Explore the topics our presenters covered during UnCo keynote and seminar sessions.

heartwarming FEEDBACK

We’re overwhelmed by the incredible feedback from UnCo delegates, here are a few of our favourite quotes from the day.

“Brilliant networking and utterly inspiring presentations.”

Chris Easton, Head of Person and Community Centred Approaches, Tameside and Glossop ICFT

“We got lots from UnCo! New contacts, ideas to improve our model, better understanding of digital platforms. It was just a very inspiring and informative day, thank you!”

Kirsty Adair, Social Prescribing Coordinator, North Lincolnshire Council

“Extremely useful networking and sharing best practice. Excellent workshops, very insightful and informative.”

Ismail Mulla, Programme Manager, East Lancashire Hospital Trust


“Really brilliant event. Came away full of ideas and thoughts around best practise. Learned more in a day than I have in ages!”

Nicola Wheeler, Neighbourhood Coordinator, Catalyst Housing Ltd

“Excellent event! Perfect from start to finish and so well organised. All presentations were excellent! Well done!”

Bronagh Cooper, SPRING Social Prescribing Coordinator, Brandywell and Bogside Health Forum

“Fantastic event, a great mix of attendees allowed for lively, mixed and useful debates.”

Dr Jessica Hollingsworth, GP Partner, Linthorpe Surgery – Beingwell Middlesbrough

Practice Unbound - Headline Sponsor

Practice Unbound is the longest standing provider of Workflow, helping thousands of GP Practices in the UK to reduce GP and Practice Nurse workload. The success of Workflow taught them that introducing new roles in this way makes a real impact on GP time and patient outcomes when embedded well, and when data is provided to demonstrate success. Their CPD Accredited blended learning programmes are designed by clinicians to help ease the load, from Practice level to PCN and beyond, and include Social Prescribing, Practice Pharmacist, Group Consultations and Pathology Optimisation.

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