Posted on June 18 2019

Postponement of October Conference: Apologies

We have been advised that current political uncertainty may compromise the ability of key speakers to attend for 2 October 2019, and therefore with regret, we are obliged to postpone the event until early in 2020.

We will keep you informed.









2019 sees two major projects underway: a conference for GPs and their teams on 2 October 2019 (following the July 1st introduction of the new contracts to include Social Prescribing) and a film to introduce a set of self-help teaching aids for practices to use in their internal training sessions.


Social Prescribing: Profit for Patients & Practices Conference

This will be a whole day session at ’Fifteen Cornwall’, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant at Watergate Bay (where we held a conference in February on Population Health, examining how localities can work with their chidren and young people in the development of early prevention programmes, coupled with SP).

Themes: What does SP mean to you? Who benefits from SP? Do you know your community? How does SP help develop your Practice?

Speakers: A carefully selected group from those within the NHS who led the writing of the new contract, to those in Cornwall who have begun to carry out early SP interventions from both the Clinical and Voluntary sectors – highlighting best practice nationally and locally –  and specialist professional experts who work closely with GP surgeries on financial and legal matters.

Outcomes: A set of learning tools that help SP teams within GP surgeries change behaviours and develop self-help best practice solutions, recognising that every practice and every locality is different. We are fortunate in having in Cornwall those who have been working early on ‘change programmes’ and believe that Cornwall is ahead of others in the UK. We also hope that by being able to promote and engage with all our GP practices we can help make them more profitable and provide long term sustainable solutions – especially in the highly deprived areas that we have in our midst.  See the section below on ‘Lunch &  Learn’ sessions. (We recognise that practices have different ways to train staff other than at lunchtime! Whatever way you do it the aids will be under your own banner).

Funding: DHC will be covering the cost of running the conference and we are indebted to NHS Sheffield House, Cornwall Local Medical Committee (LMC), leading SW regional Accountancy and Legal practices, and Cornish Voluntary sector organisations who will be providing additional sponsorship funding to create learning aids and providing speakers ‘on film’ and at the conference.

Training Aids for bespoke team training sessions like ‘Lunch & Learn’: A suggested 4 part series of 1/2 hour sessions planned around GP practice team building sessions. Modules comprise an introduction to SP/practical skills for SP teams/development of SP and local implementation.


We are indebted to our sponsors for their support of our Social Prescribing Conference and Film


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