Podcast on Prescription -S2-EP6-Physical Activity and Social Prescribing artwork
Podcast on Prescription

Podcast on Prescription -S2-EP6-Physical Activity and Social Prescribing

  • S2E6
  • 32:50
  • February 3rd 2022

This week, Dr. Radha will be finding out about the connection between being physically active and improving your mental health and wellbeing.

Our first guest is Keri-anne Payne. She is 3 time Olympic Open Water Swimmer & Olympic Silver medallist from Beijing 2008. Keri-anne retired from competitive swimming in 2017 after the Rio Olympic Games and founded 2 companies Triscape & Straight Line Swimming. Both are based around open water swimming and inspiring as many people as possible to take up this amazing sport. Keri-anne's main day job is tutoring an award winning Level 2 open water coaching qualification and has qualified over 400 coaches in 4 years.

Ruth Nutter will also join this weeks episode. She is a Sheffield-based creative producer and community engagement practitioner. She co-produces activities which increase people’s wellbeing and connection with each other and where they live. She is the project co-ordinator for Heeley Trust’s Thriving Communities project, working in collaboration with HandleBards theatre company, Heeley Plus Primary Care Network and many local community groups. Ruth is author of Paradise is Here: Building Community Around Things That Matter.

Our third guest, Michelle Roberts works for the Richmond Group of Charities, a collaboration of leading health and social care charities, managing their physical activity programme. The programme aims to support people with long term conditions to move more and one of the ways the Richmond Group do this is through their We Are Undefeatable campaign, in partnership with MS Society, Mind, Parkinson’s UK and Sport England and funded by the National Lottery. Michelle also recently was a guest speaker at our Thriving Communities webinar.

Podcast on Prescription

Welcome to Podcast on Prescription, brought to you by Dr Radha Modgil and the National Academy for Social Prescribing

We want people to be able to live their best possible life. Social prescribing helps people to do this. When you hear the word ‘prescription’ you might automatically think of tablets, pills and medication, but a ‘social prescription’ is different.

So, what is social prescribing? Well, simply put, social prescribing is a way for health professionals, such as social prescribing link workers based in a GP practice, to connect people to activities in the community for practical and emotional support. It helps people gain choice and control over their wellbeing, to manage their needs and in a way that suits them.

It can especially help people who have long-term conditions, need support with their mental health, are lonely or isolated or have complex social needs. Social Prescribing is now being offered across the NHS in England and there is a growing movement both here and internationally embracing the benefits.

And in this podcast, we are going to explore more about the power of all of these activities: that 'social prescription’ that helps people through.

Visit https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/ to find out more.

The content of this podcast is not intended to be a substitution for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your GP or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice or delay obtaining such advice because of something contained on this podcast.