Posted on June 18 2019















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).

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Delegate numbers: maximum 100 (one GP and one other Practice member).

To book your places and receive a confirmatory invitation please email with your details to:

Food and beverage: Prior to the start, from 8.40 onwards coffee and tea will be served and this is a great opportunity to network with fellow practitioners. Lunch will be provided by ‘Fifteen’ during which time there will be an opportunity to see a newly developed set of SP development tools (see Outcomes below).

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.

To book your places and receive a confirmatory invitation please email with your details to:


Conference Programme

8.45 am: Coffee and enrolment

9.30 am: Introduction Daphne Skinnard DL, BBC Radio Cornwall

9.40 am: Welcome: Cornwall’s Social Prescribing Networkl Rachel Wigglesworth Public Health Cornwall Council

9.55 am: A patient’s personal story Alex Olivier of Veor Surgery, Camborne

10.15 am: NHS – Social Prescribing and the ten year plan Ian Dodge Deputy Director NHS England

10.40 am: Coffee

11.00 am: The impact of Social Prescribing on GP surgeries Dr. Stewart Smith, St Austell Surgery

11.20am: The impact of Social Prescribing on ‘the bottom line’ Luke Bennett Francis Clark Accountants

11.40am: Q&A with speakers chaired by Daphne Skinnard.

12.00: Lunch and film preview Profit for Patients and Practice

1.00 pm: Our Sponsors and how they can help you Stephens Scown Legal Francis Clark Accountancy, NatWest Banking Tilney & Co Wealth Management

1.20 pm: The impact of Social Prescribing on health and outcomes Frances Tippett Programme Director NHS England

2.00 pm: Personalisation: ‘what matters to me, not what is the matter’ Dr Michael Dixon LVO OBE MA FRCGP, Chair College of Medicine

2.40 pm: Q&A with the afternoon speaker’s Chair Tracey Roose AGE UK Cornwall

3.00 pm: Tea

3.20 pm: Key messages Tracey Roose.

3.45 pm: Presentation of Cornwall Practice’s tool- kit Scott Bennett Veor Surgery

4.00 pm: Closing remarks Dr Barbara Vann DL, Chair Duchy Health Charity.



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