Supporting healthcare professionals through challenging times

Social Prescribing of Arts & Culture Development Programme (Healthcare Professionals)

10.03.22 - 31.03.22

Free training opportunity for healthcare professionals in Croydon


Supported by Arts Council England, this modular course supports GPs, nurse practitioners and other professionals working in health and social care to build an understanding of how arts and culture can play a key role in healthcare and social prescribing.

In the first three 2-hour online modules, participants will explore how engaging with arts and culture can address a range of health challenges, reduce health inequalities, and empower people to take responsibility for management of their physical and mental wellbeing. Participants will also be introduced to the work of artists and arts organisations in Croydon.

We will focus on the self-care and wellbeing of healthcare professionals, as well as honing verbal and non-verbal skills to support effective communication with colleagues, patients and the wider healthcare community. Most importantly, the programme will build confidence around starting conversations about the potential of arts and culture to improve health and wellbeing.

The fourth and final module will be delivered as a networking day at Stanley Arts. In this event healthcare professionals, social prescribers, artists and arts organisations will come together to explore opportunities to build a cross-sector professional community, and co-create social prescribing offers that meet the needs of local communities.

The content of this course has been informed by a pilot held in Southwark and Merton in Feb 2021.


Online sessions:
Thursday 10th March 2022, 14:00 – 16:00pm
Module 1: Arts, Health & Social Prescribing

Thursday 17th March 2022, 14:00 – 16:00pm
Module 2: Practicing Well

Thursday 24th March 2022, 14:00 – 16:00pm
Module 3: Articulating Your Offer

In-person Networking Day:
Thursday 31st March 2022, 10:00 – 16:00pm
Stanley Arts,12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB
Module 4: Making Connections


This course is free to attend but there are limited places. The modules build on each other as a full programme, and ideally participants should commit to all four.

This course is part of a wider development programme providing support and training for link workers, social prescribers, GPs and arts organisations about the potential of arts and culture in social prescribing.



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