Supporting healthcare professionals through challenging times

Creative Health & Social Prescribing: Workforce Development (Artists)

02.02.21 - 25.02.21

For artists and arts organisations in Southwark and Merton


This online modular course supports artists and arts organisations to build an understanding of how arts and culture can play a key role in healthcare and social prescribing.

Over four 2 hour modules, the course focuses on the self-care and wellbeing of artists providing this work, as well as verbal and non-verbal communication with colleagues, linkworkers and healthcare professionals, including digital communication skills. We will also explore some of the practical challenges of providing arts and culture in a social prescribing context – how to design and articulate your offer to link workers, GPs and clients and better understand the referral process. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the arts and health sector more widely and review case studies, gaining a sense of how your own offer or intervention might fit into this picture.

In the final module GPs, link workers, social prescribers and arts organisations will come together to explore how to create a healthy, creative community.

The content of this course has been informed by a series of conversations with link workers, GPs and arts organisations in Southwark and Merton.


Tuesday 2 February 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 1: Arts and Health

Tuesday 9 February 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 2: Practicing well & working with each other

Tuesday 16 February 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 3: Articulating your offer

Thursday 25 February 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 4: Making connections – interdisciplinary module


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

This course is part of a wider workforce 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.


Image Dulwich Picture Gallery. Ageing Well.

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