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14 March 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join us for our March Social Prescribing Community of Practice forum which this time will be be a training and information session about housing; the most frequently requested support need our patients present to us. This session complements the SWA training provided by Paul Cooper, Head of Homelessness Prevention and Advice.

Marija Klasnic will introduce attendees to the Specialist Pathways team who are now part of Newham Homelessness Prevention and Advice team (HPAS) and can assist health professionals with clear guidance on how to support vulnerable and complex needs residents in the following cohorts: hospital discharge and mental health; singles; families and young people; women.

The session will also help you to navigate the homelessness process and the difference between homelessness and the generic term of ‘housing’ and what this encompasses, including the Council waiting list and realistic housing options available to residents.

  • 12:05 – 12:10: Welcome and Introductions – Forum Co-chairs Katy Szita, Lead Social Prescriber NW2 PCN and Augusta Adu, Senior Social Prescriber Link Worker, South One Primary Care Network
  • 12:10 – 12:15: Social Welfare Alliance Training Update – Helena Taylor, Health and Wellbeing Manager, London Borough of Newham
  • 12:15 – 14:25: Housing Specialist Pathways Support – Marija Klasnic, Specialist Pathways Team Leader, HPAS
  • 14:25 – 14:30: Closing Comments – co-chairs Katy Szita, Lead Social Prescriber NW2 PCN and Augusta Adu, Senior Social Prescriber Link Worker, South One Primary Care Network
Chairs: Katy Szita, Lead Social Prescriber NW2 PCN & Augusta Ada Senior Social Prescriber Link Worker, South One Primary Care Network

Social Prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a social prescriber or those in a similar role. Social Prescribers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

If this sounds like something you do in your role, then please come and join our community of practice online forum.

  • Learning
  • Networking
  • Sharing good practice
This is a chance to meet and talk to various One Newham organisations, find out what resources and training are available to support you in your role and build your community of practice together.

Social prescribers, community link workers, care navigators, ELFT community connectors and anyone who has elements of prescribing in their role or are interested in the role.