World Health Innovation Summit Podcast

Global Social Prescribing Alliance

December 21, 2020
World Health Innovation Summit Podcast
Global Social Prescribing Alliance
Show Notes

We're joined by international experts who discuss how social prescribing can support sustainable development goal 3 Good Health & Wellbeing. 

Gareth Presch, CEO, World Health Innovation Summit, UNGSII Expert SDG3, Member of Pope Francis COVID19 Vatican Commission

Roland Schatz, UNGSII CEO, Member of Pope Francis COVID19 Vatican Commission

James Sanderson, CEO National Academy of Social Prescribing,UK, NHS England Director of Personalised Care

Richard Watts, Personalised Care, NHS England

Dr Mohan Sekeram, RCGP Regional Clinical Lead London

Isabelle Wachsmuth, Universal Health Coverage and Health System, World Health Organization

Dr Kate Mulligan, Director Alliance for Healthier Communities, Canada

Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, NHS England Social Prescribing Champion

Bev Taylor, Operations Director NASP 

Nicola Gitsham, Head of Social Prescribing NHS England

The current healthcare system is based predominantly on a sick-care model, the system is essentially one that waits until we have fallen ill. We face unprecedented challenges with staff shortages predicted to be 18m by 2030. Healthcare costs have been rapidly rising over the past few decades. This unsustainable demand and increase in costs can be largely attributed to the growth in the human population along with a diverse population that results in higher incidence of chronic and multiple conditions. As well as this, a one-size-fits-all approach to health doesn’t work. Both consumer preferences for convenience and affordability are shifting, as well as demand for a more efficient, personalised delivery model is growing. 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has dramatically unveiled the fragile state of the world’s health, health workforce, political and social systems – the lack of emergency health crisis preparedness, siloed policy frameworks (focus on individual conditions and the lack of integration of health into the whole of societal activity and its impact on individual as well as community well-being and prosperity), and unclear communication (misguided rationale of policies, inconsistent interpretation of data). The net result has been fear and panic– about the disease, about risks and survival, about which rules to follow, and about economic security. 

The opportunity exists to create a new model that creates value based on prevention, early intervention and using different types of resources that will enable people and communities to thrive and improve their health and wellbeing, support the existing health services, create new and meaningful jobs while supporting the implementation of the 17 sustainable development goals.