Towards Social Prescribing (Arts and Heritage) for Dementia

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, calls for social prescribing for dementia:“We should value the arts for not only bringing meaning and dignity to our lives, but for their power to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It’s scientifically proven. Access to the arts and social activities improves people’s mental and physical health. It makes us happier and healthier,” he declared at the Social Prescribing Conference and World Dementia Council summit.

Who For? GPs, social prescribers and those working with the arts, heritage, creativity, memory and care services.

The Programme, introduced by Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia


Baroness Greengross, Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
Alexandra Coulter, Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL presents cultural engagement as protection against cognitive decline
Professor Sebastian Crutch, neuropsychologist, UCL
Dr Michael Dixon, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHS England
Plenary Debate:

Professor Martin Green, CEO, Care England,
Dr James Sanderson, Director Personalised Care, NHS England,
Dr Charles Alessi GP, Dementia Lead, Public Health England
Janet Morrison, Chair, The Baring Foundation.
Arts for early-stage dementia:

Poetry with Nick Makoha, Peter and June Millett
Choir and organ, with Gemma Dixon
Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementia process models, creative befrienders & training, chaired by Dr Simon Opher GP, Artlift

Nicky Taylor, West Yorkshire Playhouse, with Leeds NHS CCG prescriber
Kathryn Gilfoy, Resonate Arts with West London NHS CCG prescriber
Kate Parkin, Equal Arts, Creative rRts Challenge and Creative Friends
Launch of ArtsPALs, volunteer creative befriender consortium
Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Founder & Chair NHS England Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme

Professor Helen Chatterjee on evaluation of social prescribing projects for dementia.