Watch September’s #edgetalks with Bev Taylor from 8 September at 9.30am (BST) which discussed ‘Radical redesign and disruption – the next frontier for social prescribing’.

Bev Taylor is a Social Prescribing Development Manager for NHS England, where she is working to embed social prescribing across the NHS. Her background is working in the VCSE Voluntary and Community Sector Enterprise sector, supporting co-production at a local level, developing and delivering accredited leadership programmes across the north of England. In recent years, Bev co-led Regional Voices, a national voluntary organisation working as a Strategic Partner to the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England.

The session brought together key activists who are doing fantastic work across the public and voluntary sector on social prescribing. We  discussed the challenges of introducing bottom-up change in this context and the lessons we have learnt along the way. In particular we explored the key characteristics of connective leadership – what this means and how we can all use it to strengthen collaborative partnerships.

As well as understanding the commitment from NHS England to social prescribing, the session looked at how can we mobilise clinicians, patients, staff at the front line – and encourage more people to join this movement.

The objectives of the session are:

  • To share the latest thinking on social prescribing
  • To hear examples of practices on the ground that are making a massive difference
  • To scale up, accelerate and spread new learning
  • To build a grassroots campaign of connectors and activists
  • To hear your views on what works and why

Bev Taylor will be joined by the following guest speakers:

    • Debs Taylor, Creative Minds Peer Project development worker
    • Jennifer Neff, Co Founder & Co CEO, Elemental
    • Leeann Monk, Co Founder & Co CEO, Elemental
    • Sarah Armstrong, Chief Executive, York CVS

Jennifer Neff and Leeann Monk biography

Jennifer Neff and Leeann Monk-özgül have been at the forefront of mobilising communities towards better health, education and employment for the past 30 years combined. They gave up their full time jobs 2 years ago in community development and regeneration and to pursue an ambition to make it easier to scale and better measure the social prescribing model of care.

They set up Elemental and developed technology that supports all stakeholders in making and measuring the impact of referrals into the community.

Housing Associations, Local Authorities, VCSEs and Clinical Commissioning Groups across the UK are using Elemental’s social prescribing platform. This year 28,000 people will receive social prescriptions across the Northern of Ireland using Elemental. Dubai Health Authority is the first Government Health Department in the Middle East to introduce the social prescribing model of care thanks to Elemental – social prescribing against the rise of type 2 diabetes.


Bev would like you to be inspired as she was when she listened to the following recording on BBC Radio 4 on social prescribing. Share your thoughts on EdgeTalks.

Healthy Visions – Do I Need the Doctor?, Episode 1 – @bbcradio4

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