President’s Blog

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, calls for social prescribing for dementia:

“We should value the arts for not only bringing meaning and dignity to our lives, but for their power to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It’s scientifically proven. Access to the arts and social activities improves people’s mental and physical health. It makes us happier and healthier,” he declared at the Social Prescribing Conference and World Dementia Council summit, highlighting A4D’s programme at Southbank National Poetry Library as an effective intervention.


Thursday 16 May 2019

Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference, ‘Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementia’
The Wellcome Collection, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.

First UK conference on social prescribing for dementia, designed to achieve direction to arts as pre- and post-diagnostic support.

Who For? GPs, social prescribers and those working with the arts, heritage, creativity, memory and care services.

The Programme, introduced by Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia


  • Baroness Greengross, Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
  • Alexandra Coulter, Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
  • Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL presents cultural engagement as protection against cognitive decline
  • Professor Sebastian Crutch, neuropsychologist, UCL
  • Dr Michael Dixon, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHS England

Plenary Debate:

  • Professor Martin Green, CEO, Care England,
  • Dr James Sanderson, Director Personalised Care, NHS England,
  • Dr Charles Alessi GP, Dementia Lead, Public Health England, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMMS Int
  • Janet Morrison, Chair, The Baring Foundation.

Arts for early-stage dementia

  • Poetry with Nick Makoha, Peter and June Millett
  • Choir and organ, with Gemma Dixon

Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementia process models, creative befrienders & training

  • Nicky Taylor, West Yorkshire Playhouse, with Leeds NHS CCG prescriber
  • Kathryn Gilfoy, Resonate Arts with West London NHS CCG prescriber
  • Kate Parkin, Equal Arts, Creative Arts Challenge and Creative Friends
  • Launch of ArtsPALs, volunteer creative befriender consortium
  • Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Founder & Chair NHS England Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme


  • Professor Helen Chatterjee on evaluation of social prescribing projects for dementia.

Eventbrite - Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference 2019, "Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementia"

Tickets £95