Event: Seminar: Place-based Networking & Social Prescription

14 Mar 2017, 09:30–16:00
LGiU, 251/255 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NG (5 mins walk from King's Cross Station)

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How do we create networks to promote, heath, well-being and social care? This is one of the major problems confronting us both in the voluntary and statutory sectors.

In this seminar we look at how:

  • networks can be ‘intentional’ and achieve outcomes that engage communities and achieve objectives. We will do this by examining social prescription networks that are both professional, agency and community led.
  • networks can be ‘place-based’ and ‘intentional’ so that they can improve health and well-being within communities by communities and agencies working together in a local strategic way – and how social prescribing is and can be an ideal example of how this works.

Increasingly, placed-based work is being advocated as the most effective way of delivering services to communities and releasing social capital. One of the major ways that this is developing is through social prescribing that brings communities, primary care and local authorities together into “intentional networks.”

We will have speakers from professional networks, primary care and communities that are working together to achieve health and well-being outcomes and develop some learning points around how this can be done.

Participants of this workshop will gain:

  • An overview of social prescription as place-based service delivery
  • The importance of creating “intentional networks” based on service and place
  • The need to shift emphasis from institutions to people
  • The need to shift from service silos to system outcomes
  • The importance of enablers of change in this process
  • Some valuable case studies of “intentional networks” in action
  • The role of the local authority as an enabler, empowerment agent and coordinator
  • Timely feedback and next steps.


Morning Session
The morning session will provide an overview of ‘intentional networks’ for social prescribing with examples of the role of community and agency. It will also have an interactive group session where those attending can highlight what they want out of the day as well as discussing what is going on in their own localities.

9:30 Registration & Coffee
10:00 Introduction For The Day: Francis Sealey, GlobalNet21
10:15 Place-Based Networking: Ben Lee from Neighbourhood Management
10:45 Professional Networking: Dr Marie Polley, Co-Chair & WT Principal Investigator, The Social Network, University of Westminster
11:05 Q&A
11:15 Open Session, Discussion & Learning Points
11:35 The GP & Social Prescription: Chris Ley, Director of Popular & Limehouse Health Network, Board Director of Tower Hamlets GP Care Group & John Baker, Community Activist
12:15 Q&A
12:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session
The afternoon session will take up some of the points raised in the morning group discussion as well provide some case studies of ‘intentional communities’ in action. We will also have further group work on locality strategy development as well as how we can develop a support network and knowledge base to develop the ‘intentional networks’ we need.

13:00 Intro For Afternoon
13:05 The Network Environment: Ben Lee, Neighbourhood Management
13:25 Case Study 1: The Green Project (TBC)
13:45 Case Study 2: Paul Macey, ABCD Project Worker, Croydon Vol. Action & Our Place Project Leader
14:05 Q&A
14:20 Group Work
15:00 Feedback
15:20 Role of the Local Authority
15.30 Q&A
15:40 Feedback on the day
15:45 Close

Event run in association with GlobalNet21

Event run in association with GlobalNet21


Who should attend?

This seminar will be of interest to officers and councillors within local authorities involved in adult social care, health and wellbeing and community engagement as well as health professionals and the voluntary sector.


Workshop facilitators & Speakers:

Francis Sealey, GlobalNet21, a former producer at the BBC for The Open University, Francis has extensive experience of engaging with local communities

Ben Lee is director of the National Association for Neighbourhood Management. He has been involved in community renewal and public services at the neighbourhood level for over a decade. He is an experienced advisor, researcher and facilitator, with specialisms in communities of practice and learning networks.. He has also been supporting practitioner networks in the NHS helping them bring about change outside traditional organisational structures. Previously Ben worked for the London Borough of Camden, and in central government in social housing, sustainable development, and international aviation.