March 21, 2022 / Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith

2022 Lothian Green Social Prescribing Forum

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The 2022 Lothian Green Social Prescribing Forum created space for us to connect and share our work and allowed us to have good conversations about what is working and what we can do better. Our outdoor activities, hosted by people who are at different points in developing their green prescribing journeys, provided an opportunity to connect with peers and learn more about different activities that can be offered.

The video below provides an overview of the event.

What we did

On 21 March 2022, a Green Social Prescribing Forum was held at Newbattle Abbey College to create an opportunity for around 70 potential prescribers, providers and enablers of green social prescribing in Edinburgh and the Lothians to come together. These included:

  • Prescribers: Community link workers, wellbeing practitioners, weight management services, NHS recovery services, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, mental health nurses and GPs.
  • Providers: primary and secondary care providers and third sector organisations active in green social prescribing.
  • Enablers: Commissioners of services and activities, funders, decision makers.

The event provided a space for networking and having conversations to begin to develop a community of practice allowing a space to connect, share their work, and understand the challenges and opportunities. A series of introductory talks was followed by lunch which allowed an opportunity for attendees to network. In the afternoon attendees were able to choose an experiential workshop to join, followed by a Q&A panel session and reflections on the day.

Resources from the day

The key learning points of the day were captured by our visual minute taker.

Download a visual representation of our green prescribing forum minutes (2.1 MB).

The whole event was documented on film and captured in our event report and appendices.

Download the Event-report-Lothian-Green-Social-Prescribing-Forum-2022-web  (1.6 MB)

Download the Appendices to the Event Report Lothian Green Social Prescribing Forum-2022 (1.4 MB)

All of the presentations were recorded and can be viewed on the links below. You can also download a copy of the slides where they are available.

Download the Introduction-LGSP-Forum-2022  (877 KB)

Golden threads for green health prescribing

Rachel Hardie sets the scene on our shared vision and the recipe for success that has been developed with over 200 people interested in green prescribing. Watch the presentation

Midlothian Green Health Prescribing

Tracy McLeod from NHS Lothian Public Health shares her experience of developing a pathfinder project to embed green prescribing in Midlothian.

Download the Midlothian Green Health prescribing Presentation (1.6 MB) or watch the presentation.

Green Prescribing Newbattle Abbey College

Judy Paul explains how Newbattle Abbey College is integrating nature into its learning pathways and reaching more people in new ways.

Download the Green Prescribing Newbattle Abbey College presentation (1.7 MB) or watch the presentation.

Participants’ voices

Hannah Macrae from Cyrenians shares the experience of participants who take part in their green health activities.

Watch the presentation.

Thrive Edinburgh: Physical Activity & Greenspaces

Charlie Cumming takes us through the role that the Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust is playing in a city wide collaboration.

Download the Thrive Edinburgh: Physical Activity and Greenspaces presentation (2 MB) or watch the presentation

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