Green Social Prescribing has a huge part to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people across the Humber, Coast and Vale area, particularly communities hardest hit by Coronavirus.

Andy Barber, Social Prescribing Lead for the Humber, Coast and Vale VCSE Steering Group

Green Social Prescribing has a huge part to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people across the Humber, Coast and Vale area, particularly communities hardest hit by Coronavirus. Connecting people with nature and nature-based activities brings a huge range of physical and mental health benefits.

With £500,000 funding secured in December from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, NHS England, NHS Improvement and other partner organisations, the Humber, Coast and Vale ‘test and learn site’ is building on the already great work that is going on across the region.

The Green Social Prescribing Programme officially began on 1st April 2021 and since has gained momentum with the appointment of the Programme Manager, Anthony Hurd and Clinical Lead, Hannah Armitt. Over the last 6 weeks contact has been made and relationships formed with all Mental Health Providers and Social Prescribing Leads within each of our 6 places. The Green Social Prescribing Steering Group has been formed, chaired by Brent Kilmurray Chief Executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and the first meeting was held on 18th May.

Work has begun on setting out a criteria for the clinical cohort that will be followed through their Green Social Prescribing journey alongside working up the programme plan and establishing how outcomes and evaluation will be measured. Contacts are now being made with existing Green Social Prescribing initiatives across the region and the first e-newsletter for the programme was issued during Mental Health Awareness Week. A launch webinar will be held on Tuesday 8th June.

Anthony Hurd ([email protected])

Anthony has always felt privileged to see the positive impact of the environment on a wide range of stakeholders. He has joined us from the environmental charity sector, having spent his career connecting people from all backgrounds with the environment.

As programme Manager Anthony is focused on collaborating with partners and stakeholders to identify and address barriers and to make Green Social Prescribing an easy and rewarding process for local people seeking support with their mental health.

Much of this role will involve collecting data to evidence the positive impact Green Social Prescribing can have on individuals’ wellbeing, and the positive impacts it can have on the demands on our healthcare systems. The data can then be used by our VCSE’s to support them in building their sustainability through unlocking important funding, thus securing their services well in to the future.

Hannah Armitt ([email protected])

Dr Hannah Armit, is the Green Social Prescribing Clinical Lead, and is a Clinical Psychologist by background, having worked in the NHS for over 10 years across mental health services and clinical research.

Hannah is passionate about improving services and ensuring that we use the most up to date evidence to develop more innovative and creative models of service delivery.

As Clinical Lead Hannah wants to ensure we make the most of this exciting and innovative investment in green social prescribing in our area. Her aim, working with the team, is to develop effective, safe and clinically appropriate referral pathways and models of delivery which can deliver long lasting positive outcomes.

Her focus is to ensure our work feeds into the wider national picture and helps develop a long lasting legacy for green social prescribing, by creating strong, positive collaborative relationships with key stakeholders.

To discuss the Green Social Prescribing programme please get in touch with the project by email – [email protected].

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